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Innovative Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment Yields Priceless Payoff
Date:11/6/2008

in, swelling or even skin ulcerations that can lead to limb loss.

A Pharmaceutical Vacuum Cleaner

Possis' AngioJet Rheolytic Thrombectomy System, which premiered in 1997, remains the medical world's leading mechanical clot-removing system. Think of it as a tiny, sensitive, sophisticated pharmaceutical vacuum cleaner. Because it works with catheters threaded through a vein to reach the clot, it requires no incisions or surgery.

As its clot-busting drug physically breaks the clot into pieces, the vacuum catheter sucks the tiny bits out of the body. A filter prevents any bits from escaping into the blood stream where they could wreak havoc in other parts of the body.

By the time his daughter, Kim, was diagnosed with a DVT last fall, Kaplan was well-aware of the latest advances and performance capabilities of AngioJet products. When doctors at the first hospital Kim was taken used only blood thinners for treatment, Kaplan started asking questions.

"I tracked down their interventional radiologists, the doctors who do these procedures," Kaplan said. "What I found was that they had the AngioJet technology, but they only used it for cardiac clots. They didn't know how to use it to treat DVTs."

Life-Saving Call

Appalled, Kaplan got on the phone to Possis, tracked down their Arizona representative, Alan Poland, and asked a blunt question. "If it were your mother who needed treatment for DVT, which doctor would you call for help?"

"I didn't hesitate," Poland said. "I told Kaplan to contact Aaron Wittenberg, MD, a board-certified interventional radiologist at John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital."

"Dr. Wittenberg not only has extensive experience in using the AngioJet, but he is amazingly down-to-earth, compassionate and easy to talk with," Kaplan observed.

"He used ultrasound to diagnose the extent of Kim's clot - which extended from her thigh to her abdomen - and then he gave us a clear description of her c
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