Fogarty embolectomy catheter

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Fogarty arterial embolectomy catheter is a device developed in 1961 by Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty to remove fresh emboli in the arterial system.[1] It consists of a hollow tube with an inflatable balloon attached to its tip. The catheter is inserted into the blood vessel through a clot. The balloon is then inflated to extract it from the vessel. [2] It is available in different lengths and sizes, and is often colour coded by size. [3] Because it is less invasive than ordinary surgery, it reduces the chance of postoperative complications.

For removal of adherent material or fibrous material, Fogarty adherent clot catheter may be used.


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  2. ^ "Balloon embolectomy catheter". Eureka Medical. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Fogarty arterial catheters". Cardinal Health. Retrieved 9 September 2012.