Coil embolization is a catheter-based procedure that allows precise closure of abnormal blood flow in a blood vessel. A catheter with a metallic occluding coil is inserted into an artery, usually in the groin (the femoral artery). It is then advanced to the abnormal blood vessel. Once properly positioned, the metal coil is released, springing into position within the vessel. It remains firmly in place by the expansion of the metal coils. A blood clot will form on the coil, completely obstructing the abnormal blood flow beyond the coil. Eventually a scar will form, creating a permanent seal.
The general surgeons of The Jackson Clinic offer coil embolization as a treatment for gastrointestinal (mesenteric) aneurysm. An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. While these can happen anywhere in the veins throughout the body, intestinal aneurysms are among the most common. For more information about minimally invasive coil embolization treatment for intestinal and abdominal aneurysms, contact The Jackson Clinic for a consultation.