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Understanding Thrombectomy and Embolectomy

Thrombectomy and embolectomy are life-saving procedures mostly performed in emergency situations. The terms embolectomy and thrombectomy are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are some differences between the two. To understand how a thrombectomy or embolectomy is performed, you must first understand why they are done. Sometimes, due to various factors like disease, blood clots can form in the blood vessels. A thrombus is usually a solid-mass stationary clot. An embolus is when part or all of that clot is dislodged and begins to travel through the circulatory system. Essentially, an embolus is a moving thrombus. These clots can pose serious
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