A Central Florida hospital is one of the first in the country to offer an experimental procedure for treating a blood clot in the lung delivering a brand new option for treating a deadly condition.
The "flow-treiver" is a catheter-based device that is inserted into the patient's neck or groin. The doctor will then guide it to the heart and pulls out the dangerous part of the blood clot.
Doctors at Florida Hospital are already using the device for treatment. "We deliver the mesh and the clot sticks on the mesh and we suck the clot out," explains Dr. Rohit Bhatheja of Florida Hospital. "Our goal is to remove enough clot so that we can relieve the pressure on the heart."
The procedure is reserved for high-risk patients. Florida Hospital is one of just three hospitals in the country using the device. So far 9 patients have been treated with the device in Central Florida.