The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is offering a new minimally invasive procedure to remove blood clots. The approach has been proven efficient in helping patients recover from stroke. UTMB is the only facility in Galveston County offering the procedure, which is now available at half of the advanced stroke centers in the United States. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine explains that the procedure, called intra-arterial treatment, is much more effective than using intravenous drugs to dissolve clots.
A study for the procedure was conducted in the Netherlands, and researchers observed that the technique was two times more likely to restore mobility and functional independence in comparison to clot-breaking drugs. In fact, the results were so conclusive that the 4 clinical trials that were being conducted across the United States and Europe were halted.
“At UTMB, we have seen how using intra-arterial treatment can change the course of a patient’s life for the better. With intra-arterial treatment like stent based clot retrieval and suction-based catheter treatment, more patients are able to not only survive the stroke, but maintain their mobility and independence as well. Despite being the No. 1 one cause of long-term adult disability, stroke is one of the most undertreated and devastating diseases in U.S. and the world. With this study, we now have the evidence we need to ensure that every stroke patient who suffers a severe stroke is evaluated for intra-arterial treatment in addition to clot-breaking drugs,” explained Dr.Venkata Dandamudi in a press release.