Today’s edition of Best Gore Members Rock is brought to you by Best Gore member @PrettyRican78, who underwent a new procedure for treatment of clots, which involved inserting catheters into the veins in his neck, through which blood was pumped out of his body, ran through a specialty filter to remove the clot, and returned back into the vein clot free. Fascinating stuff:
Back in February, I was admitted to the hospital with a very swollen and painful leg. I already have a long history of developing blood clots and was recently told I have May-Thurner Syndrome.
At first, I was just being pumped with a lot of heparin, but my clot would not dissolve so the doctor ordered a treatment called Catheter-directed Thrombolysis (say that three times fast) which involves inserting a catheter directly into the clot (mine was behind my left knee). Unfortunately, that didn’t work either.
I had been told in the past that if a clot in my leg got bad enough, they would have to amputate. Luckily, the hospital I was in is one of only four hospitals that use a new treatment procedure where incisions are made where the primary arteries are (looks exactly like when a corpse is being embalmed except I’m very much alive!).
Using a machine called an “AngioVac and Circuit”, blood was sucked into one tube,
filters the bits of clot, then return into the body through the other catheter, similar to dialysis. The procedure usually last between one to two hours but I was on the table for six because my clot was so big and sticky.
I then had both my filters removed and replaced with stents. Now, I’ll be on meds for life and when someone asks me why I have these scars on my neck, I just tell them I got it in ‘Nam.
These pictures show when I still had my stitches in and how the scars look like now.
Thanks a lot for the pics and the fascinating story. It reminded me of that old experiment by the Soviet scientists in which they kept a dog’s severed head alive for a while by pumping blood in and out through main arteries.