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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital first in state to use blood clot removal system

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 9:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 8, 2013 4:54 p.m. CDT

HINSDALE – Thanks to a cooperative effort among doctors, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is the first hospital in Illinois to successfully complete a blood clot removal using the Angiovac.

Dr. Luke Sewall completed the intricate removal of a blood clot few other hospitals in Illinois would attempt to remove with the Angiovac. The patient had clotting in both of her legs. The clot ran all the way up her main vein into her stomach, just a few inches below her heart, according to a news release.

The Angiovac system works much as a vacuum might. A line is run up to a clot, and another return line is run into a healthy vein in the patient. While the bypass pump works, a filter in the Angiovac line catches and holds the clot, while the patient’s blood is recirculated through the body.

The patient will require blood thinners from now on to ensure she remains clot free, Sewall said. And he is seeing another patient soon to determine if they are a candidate for the Angiovac approach.

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