Dr. Jeffrey Farkas of Interventional Neuro Associates in the Greater New York and New Jersey area, is one of the most experienced neurointerventional surgeons and interventional neuroradiologists in the Northeast. He and his team expertly treat stroke patients with a combination of a mechanical thrombectomy and intravenous tissue plasminogen activator. Their goal is to create favorable outcomes and a complete recovery for men and women of all ages who have suffered a stroke. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online.

Thrombectomy Q & A

What is a thrombectomy?

A mechanical thrombectomy is a highly effective way to remove a blocked blood vessel using a catheter. During this process, Dr. Farkas places the catheter, a small tube, into a blocked artery using specialized 3D X-ray fluoroscopy technology. This allows him to see into your artery and manipulate the catheter to remove the clot.

When a large blood vessel in the brain is blocked, it often results in an ischemic stroke. Dr. Farkas knows the best chance for a full recovery is to perform a mechanical thrombectomy. He and his colleagues at Interventional Neuro Associates are highly experienced in this procedure, so you know you’re getting the best treatment available from experts in the field.

What is TPA and how can it help a stroke victim?

Dr. Farkas and his colleagues often treat stroke patients with tissue plasminogen activator. TPA, considered the gold standard in ischemic stroke treatment options, is FDA-approved and is a powerful medication that’s given intravenously. The sooner you receive it, the better it breaks up a blood clot or dissolves a blockage.

You can receive TPA up to four and a half hours from the emergence of stroke symptoms. TPA may help you avoid invasive, risky surgery, or work in combination with a minimally invasive thrombectomy.

What is recovery like after thrombectomy and TPA treatments?

Once you’ve had a thrombectomy or TPA, Dr. Farkas and your health care team will monitor your vital signs very closely. Interventional Neuro Associates is a comprehensive stroke center, so the doctors will be with you every step of the way through your treatment and recovery. Depending on your condition, you might stay in the hospital for a couple days, and you might take medicine after the procedure as well.

Once you have recovered from the treatments, this expert team will likely soon advise you to get back on your feet. Of course, they will encourage you to make any necessary lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, changing your diet, and exercising to prevent another clot from forming in your arteries.

For the most comprehensive stroke and vascular care with an expert team, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

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