How long after stroke can you do thrombectomy?

Treatment with thrombectomy can improve recovery from a stroke, especially if it’s given as soon as possible after the stroke happens. Doctors try to use the procedure within 6 to 24 hours of a stroke. It can limit damage to the brain and loss of body function from a stroke by removing the blood clot.

When is a thrombectomy needed for a stroke?

Stroke severity Thrombectomy is indicated in patients with anterior circulation ELVO with NIHSS score ≥6 [class I, level A]. Thrombectomy may be considered in patients with anterior circulation AIS and NIHSS score <6 when associated with disabling symptoms [class IIa, level B-NR].

What are the indications for thrombectomy?


  • Pre-stroke modified Rankin scale <2.
  • NIH stroke scale score ≥ 6; Alberta stroke program early CT score ≥ 6.
  • Start of the procedure within 6 hours of symptom onset.
  • Causative occlusion of the internal carotid artery or the proximal middle cerebral artery (M1)
  • Age 18 years or older.

What is the survival rate of a thrombectomy?

Results: Among 323 AIS patients treated with mechanical thrombectomy, the overall rate of successful recanalization was 86% and the overall post-procedure mortality rate was 29% by 90 days.

How successful is a thrombectomy?

Modern thrombectomy techniques result in TICI 2b–3 revascularization in 58%–88% of patients,1–3 but up to 45% of patients had a poor outcome despite successful revascularization.

How is a brain thrombectomy performed?

In the case of a stroke, a cerebral thrombectomy removes the clot from an artery in the brain. To remove the clot, we insert a catheter (a flexible tube) through an artery in the groin or arm up to the artery in the brain that’s blocked.

How long is a thrombectomy procedure?

A thrombectomy usually takes 1 to 2 hours, but the preparation and recovery time may add several hours. The procedure is usually done in the catheterization lab. Check with your doctor about the details of your procedure.

How is a stroke thrombectomy performed?

Is a thrombectomy brain surgery?

How is thrombectomy used to treat stroke? In simplistic terms, thrombectomy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that removes a blood clot from an artery. In the case of a stroke, a cerebral thrombectomy removes the clot from an artery in the brain.

Is a thrombectomy considered brain surgery?

How long is thrombectomy recovery?

Walk around often and return to your activities as directed by your healthcare provider. Avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks. Do not drive until your healthcare provider says it is okay. You may need to wait a week or longer before you can start driving again.

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