Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy (PTE) is a surgical procedure performed for individuals with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH).
PTE is used as a treatment for CTPH. Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is a disease that is caused by the occurrence of several, recurrent pulmonary embolisms (an embolism is caused when a blood clot or a thrombus travels down and blocks a blood vessel).
PTE is a massive and lengthy surgery, and involves the following steps:
Immediately after your surgery, you will be placed in the intensive care unit. Your vitals will be monitored closely for a few days, until you are seen fit to move into a normal cardiology ward. You will stay there under close supervision for another few days, until you are deemed fit to go home. This takes anywhere between 10 days to 3 weeks. You will also be prescribed medication which you will most probably have to take throughout your life. Once you are home, you will have to come in regularly for tests and check-ups to monitor your recovery and to make sure your heart is functioning optimally. A full recovery takes approximately 3 months, but this varies for each patient. Your medical history, current health status and lifestyle play a huge role. Lastly, there is a slight possibility of the clots recurring after the surgery. In case this happens, there are other treatment options and your doctor will discuss them with you.