Embolectomy and Thrombectomy

ExitCare ImageEmbolectomy is a procedure to remove an embolus. An embolus is a blood clot that has moved from one place to another in the body. Thrombectomy is a procedure to remove a thrombus. A thrombus is a blood clot that stays in one place in the body.


  • Ask your doctor if you need to arrive early before your procedure.

  • Ask your doctor about changing or stopping your medicines. This is very important if you take diabetes medicine.


  • You may be given medicine that makes you sleep (general anesthetic).

  • The clot will be located with a thin tube (catheter). Other tools may be used.

  • The blood vessel (artery or vein) will be cut open.

  • The thin tube will be put in the blood vessel.

  • The blood clot will be removed or destroyed.

  • Your doctor will make sure your blood is flowing again.

  • The cuts in the blood vessel and skin will be stitched shut.


  • You will be taken to a room where you can recover. You may be allowed to go home after a few days or as told by your doctor.

  • Your doctor may give you medicine to thin your blood (blood thinners). Tell your doctor if you start bleeding from the surgery site. Tell your doctor if you throw up (vomit) blood. Tell your doctor if you are bleeding from the butt (rectal bleeding).