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Nov 29, 2010 3:35 PM by Carina Corral

New DVT technology comes to the Central Coast

French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo has a new way to treat deep vein thrombosis.

DVT is a sometimes fatal condition in which a massive clot develops in the legs of people who do not move for long periods of time, such as air travelers and hospital patients.

Weeks of medication is the current treatment, but now doctors at French Hospital are turning to a new device called the Trellis Peripheral Infusion System.

An infusion catheter with an inflatable balloon on both ends is placed into the affected blood vessel. The balloons are then inflated and doctors infuse a clot dissolving medicine to break down the clot.

"The liquefied clot is then aspirated out of the catheter at the end of the procedure. The medicine works in less than ten minutes and only affects the thrombosed vein," said Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist Timothy Auran, MD. "The key is identifying those people who are at risk. We need to treat patients with Trellis within two weeks after the onset of symptoms."

The procedure takes about an hour and is done under IV sedation.

FHMC said it is the only hospital from Monterey to Ventura to offer its patients this technology.

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