What Is AngioJet®?

AngioJetPatients diagnosed with a blood clot (also known as an embolism or thrombus) as a result of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be treated at Gwinnett Medical Center using AngioJet mechanical thrombectomy. This minimally invasive procedure is the only FDA-approved endovascular treatment option to remove a blood clot and quickly restore blood flow, resolving symptoms within minutes.

During an AngioJet thrombectomy, a thin, flexible catheter is inserted into the blood clot. High-speed water jets then create a vacuum to pull the blood clot into the catheter, where the jets break it into tiny fragments. The fragments of the clot are propelled back through the catheter and evacuated from the body.

What Are the Benefits?
The benefits of using mechanical thrombectomy to remove a blood clot include:

  • Rapid restoration of blood flow
  • Removal of blood clot from the body
  • Quick resolution of symptoms
  • Potential for eliminating or reducing amount and duration of medications
  • Compatibility with other therapies, if necessary

What to Expect
Prior to appointments, Gwinnett Medical Center patients are asked to come in for routine lab work. It is preferred that patients have their lab work performed at Gwinnett Medical Center so the radiology nurses have access to the results. Our radiology nurses call each patient shortly after the procedure is scheduled to obtain a health history and provide instructions.

For most interventional radiology exams, patients need to arrive in admissions two hours before their scheduled procedure time on the day of the exam. Patients will check in at admissions before being taken to the Imaging Nursing Unit, where an interventional radiologist will come to talk with the patient before the procedure. The patient will then be prepped for the exam and taken to the Interventional Radiology Suite for the procedure. Following the procedure, the patient will return to the Imaging Nursing Unit for recovery. The recovery time varies based on the procedure. After the patient is then discharged, he or she will receive a follow-up call the next day.

Call 678-312-3444 to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth or Hamilton Mill.