Mercyhealth first hospital in Midwest to use revolutionary blood-clot removal device


Mercyhealth introduced a new technology Monday that removes life-threatening blood clots from the brain.

The EMBOTRAP II device is aimed at saving lives and limiting disabilities casued by strokes.

Doctors make a small incision in the patient’s groin and thread a long, hollow tube from the artery in the groin all the way up to the brain to trap the clot and remove it.

Neurointervention Medical Director Dr. Vibhav Bansal said, “With this new treatment, this patient was able to survive and walk out of the hospital within a matter of three to four days, with no residual problems…he’s resumed his normal life.”

Only patients who have suffered a stroke would qualify for the new procedure.

Mercyhealth Rockford says it’s the first hospital in the Midwest to use the device.

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