Baptist Health offers two types of procedures for pulmonary embolism: percutaneous embolectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis. Learn more about our pulmonary embolism treatment options.
Christopher Semder, MD, Interventional Cardiology:
You see more pulmonary emboli in patients who are post-op from orthopedic surgeries. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels, typically, from a leg vessel through the heart and lodges itself in the pulmonary artery. That’s a blood vessel that leaves the right ventricle and goes to the lungs.
There are two different types of procedures that we offer here at Baptist Health Louisville. One of those procedures is a percutaneous embolectomy. That’s a fancy way to say that we go into the pulmonary arteries with a catheter and extract the pulmonary embolus from the pulmonary arteries.
The other procedure that we offer is catheter-directed thrombolysis. This is a procedure where we place catheters inside of the pulmonary artery and into the clot. Over a period of about 10 hours, we release a clot buster, a medication that we previously have used in both heart attacks and in stroke patients.
I think what makes Baptist Health unique in the care of pulmonary embolus is our multidisciplinary team. We have a very educated and informed ER. We receive notification about patients with pulmonary embolus as soon as they receive their CT scan. The case is then discussed very quickly with a multidisciplinary team, including cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists and intensive care doctors. Then we’re able to make a decision together about what type of care would be best suited for that patient.
Baptist Health is known for advanced, superior care for patients with heart disease and the diagnosis, management and treatment of pulmonary embolism. You will appreciate timely appointments and a professional, friendly atmosphere where we take time to listen to your concerns.Learn about Pulmonary Embolisms