Two surgeons at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently performed Fort Bend County’s first ultrasound accelerated thrombolysis procedure, a faster and more effective method of treating blood clots related to deep venous thrombosis, or DVT.
Vascular surgeon, Imran Mohiuddin, M.D. and cardiothoracic surgeon, Uttam Tripathy, M.D., used the new EKOS drug delivery catheter with ultrasound transducers to directly administer clot-dissolving medication and perfuse the drug deep into the patient’s blood clot.
“It’s not unusual for patients with a dangerous blood clot to present at the emergency room in severe pain and in need of immediate treatment,” says Dr. Mohiuddin. “The EKOS system allows us to deliver clot-busting drugs directly into the clot itself, reducing the amount of time the patient is in pain and eliminating potentially harmful impacts.”
Clots related to DVT usually form in the leg or pelvis but sometimes occur in the arm or chest. Symptoms include redness or skin discoloration, calf or leg pain or tenderness, especially when walking or standing; swelling of the affected body part; a sensation of warmth; or leg fatigue.
For Ms. Omar Williams, a school teacher from Dallas, EKOS was a life-saver. Williams, 62, was in Sugar Land visiting family members when she began having severe chest pain that affected her ability to walk or even talk.
“My story is a miracle,” Williams said. “The doctors in the Emergency Department told me that if I had waited another hour or so, I might not be alive today.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tripathy, Dr. Mohiuddin or another cardiothoracic or vascular surgeon in your area, please call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physician referral line at 281-274-7500.