Incisions in Neck from Clot Treatment by Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis

Incisions in Neck from Clot Treatment by Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis

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.

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40 thoughts on “Incisions in Neck from Clot Treatment by Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis”

  1. When anyone asks about the scars, just tell them your May-Thurner Syndrome was acting up so they needed the ol’ Catheter-directed Thrombolysis, so the bastards cut you up to ready you for the AngioVac and Circuit.., that’ll shut’em up.

  2. I’ve seen the ‘dog head transplant’ video. The scientist sewed a smaller dogs head onto a bigger dog (a complete dog) I think it lasted around 26 days?
    @prettyrican78, you are not old enough to say you got the scars in “Nam” unless you are in your 60’s? Some ‘Nam’ vets are even in their 70’s and older now. You were born in 1978?

  3. Hey, can you message me the name of your doctor. I have to use daily (2x) lovenox injections because I have somehow acquired a blood clotting disorder. I have two filters already near my heart. I’m warfarin resistant so any help would be appreciated. Fwiw I’ve got paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.

    1. Where do you live? Or are you willing to travel? The doctor I see is Dr. Chris George. Super nice and knows what he’s talking about. I’m kinda his pet case because despite running every test known to man, we STILL don’t know what causes my other clots (aside the left leg).

      I had two filters when this clot happened and the doc decided to remove them because they were damaging my arteries. I now have about three stents in their place so the artery doesn’t collapse.

      Any other questions, just drop me a line. 🙂

  4. Am glad you now seem to be ok, but advise you always be careful and follow through with blood thinners or other meds if prescribed. It is a serious condition, you could die. Simple tip also: drink a lot of water. No kidding, has been shown to be almost as effective as coumadin.

    1. Oh, I don’t play around with the blood thinners. I’ve almost died twice (even WITH the meds) and that is a wake up call for sure. As for water, that’s pretty much the only thing I drink. Thanks for the tips though, I’m always open to learning new things!

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