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What happens during an embolization procedure?
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Dr. Richard Sheppeck
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Directed ischemia
There are a variety of techniques used to embolize a lesion.
A catheter is used to select as precisely as possible the blood supply to the target. Once in place any number of materials are injected via the catheter with the goal to block as completely as possible the blood supply to the target and cause the target to infarct by loss of blood supply. This can be done under local or general anesthes.

In brief: Directed ischemia
There are a variety of techniques used to embolize a lesion.
A catheter is used to select as precisely as possible the blood supply to the target. Once in place any number of materials are injected via the catheter with the goal to block as completely as possible the blood supply to the target and cause the target to infarct by loss of blood supply. This can be done under local or general anesthes.
Dr. Richard Sheppeck
Dr. Richard Sheppeck
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Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology
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In brief: Blockage of vessels
During an embolization, tiny special coiled wires or particles are placed in the blood vessels.
Typically, the wires, or coils are used to close aneurysms or bleeding blood vessels, sometimes to redirect blood flow elsewhere. Particles are used to block many tiny blood vessels, usually to starve a tumor. Sometimes they have chemotherapy or radiation bonded to them to treat the tumor as well.

In brief: Blockage of vessels
During an embolization, tiny special coiled wires or particles are placed in the blood vessels.
Typically, the wires, or coils are used to close aneurysms or bleeding blood vessels, sometimes to redirect blood flow elsewhere. Particles are used to block many tiny blood vessels, usually to starve a tumor. Sometimes they have chemotherapy or radiation bonded to them to treat the tumor as well.
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