A BRIT has become the first in the world to be treated using a new clot-removing device.
Mum-of-two Jackie Field had the procedure for deep vein thrombosis in her leg as she could not be treated with drugs.
PA:Press Association A UK patient has become the first in the world to be treated using the new clot-removing device
The 55-year-old had the catheter inserted into her vein before it was opened out to capture the clot in its basket.
Jackie, from Eltham in South East London, said: “I felt very secure.
“I wasn’t under general anaesthetic, just had some pain relief.”
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The procedure was carried out at St Thomas’ Hospital, central London, by consultant surgeon Stephen Black.
He said the device, from Vetex Medical, was a “significant improvement” on existing technology.
It would cut reliance on costly drugs and end the need for patients to stay overnight in hospital.
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