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First Percutaneous Pulmonary Artery Embolectomy in Texas Performed at Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Heart and vascular surgeon Robert Feldtman, MD, led team of surgeons

The first percutaneous pulmonary artery embolectomy in the state of Texas was performed at Methodist Dallas Medical Center recently by a team of heart and vascular surgeons led by Robert Feldtman, MD.

Dr. Feldtman, an independently practicing heart and vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Methodist Dallas, performed the lifesaving surgery Aug. 30 on a patient who developed blood clots in his leg that traveled to his lungs following a severe brain bleed.

Blood clots in the lungs – called pulmonary embolisms – generally have to be removed through open heart surgery. However, with the leading-edge AngioVac system, Dr. Feldtman and his team were able to remove the pulmonary embolisms through two small incisions in the groin.

In a percutaneous pulmonary artery embolectomy using the AngioVac system, a catheter is inserted into a vein in the patient’s groin. Blood is then suctioned out of the pulmonary artery and the clots are removed through a filter. The filtered blood is pumped back into the patient through a vein on the other side of the groin. After approximately one hour, the patient receives one stitch on each side of the groin, and the procedure is finished.

“Methodist Dallas Medical Center is the first hospital in Texas to clean clots out of the lungs using this technique,” Dr. Feldtman said. “Almost 50,000 patients die each year from pulmonary embolisms, and we want to aggressively treat these patients. This type of surgery offers our patients a less invasive option, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery time.

“The implementation of this innovative technique at Methodist Dallas further affirms our commitment to save and improve lives through compassionate, quality health care.”

About Methodist Health System
Guided by the founding principles of life, learning and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter at www.methodisthealthsystem.org/socialmedia.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.


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