What is embolization?
Level one trauma centers will have an interventional radiologist available as part of the trauma team. Embolization is a well-established interventional radiology technique that is used to treat trauma victims with massive bleeding, to control hemorrhage after childbirth, and as a treatment prior to surgery to decrease blood loss. It has been used for over 30 years.
What will I experience during the procedure?
The interventional radiologist makes a tiny nick in the skin, about the size of a pencil tip, and inserts a catheter into the artery. Using real-time imaging, the physician guides the catheter through the artery and then releases clotting agents (coils, particles, gel or foam) into the blood vessels, slowing the blood flow and stopping the hemorrhage from the inside out.
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