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Thrombectomy – A Life-Saving Stroke Treatment

Posted on August 9, 2018

When it comes to stroke, time is critical. How quickly can someone recognize stroke symptoms? And how quickly can a stroke patient get life-saving treatment?

One life-saving treatment for stroke is thrombectomy, a procedure that uses sophisticated technology and medical expertise to remove the clot that causes a particular type of stroke.  

Earlier this year an article in a national publication noted that thrombectomy is transforming stroke care, helping many patients avoid brain damage and stroke-related disabilities, but it is not yet available in all areas of the country.

Fortunately, thrombectomy is very much available in East Tennessee. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health and a Comprehensive Stroke Center of Excellence, was the first area hospital to perform thrombectomies back in 2004. Since then, about 600 people have undergone the procedure, which lowers the risk of brain damage and permanent disabilities for patients who suffer a clot-caused stroke.

Patients in our region also have access to the Covenant Health stroke hospital network, which provides rapid diagnosis and treatment at our member hospitals. For more complex stroke cases, patients can be transported quickly to Fort Sanders Regional for the most advanced stroke care. The stroke hospital network also includes the nationally recognized Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, which provides comprehensive rehabilitation for stroke patients.

At Covenant Health we work collaboratively to provide excellent stroke care, regardless of where patients live. Our stroke hospital network is part of our pledge of excellence to always put patients first and to make Covenant Health the first and best choice in our region.

An article and patient story about thrombectomy appeared recently in the Knoxville News Sentinel and included information about the procedure from Fort Sanders Regional neurointerventional radiologist Keith Woodward, MD. To learn more about the Covenant Health stroke hospital network, our advanced stroke care, our patients’ stories, and how you can recognize the symptoms of stroke, visit www.covenanthealth.com/stroke.