Temple Health offers 1 of only 5 programs in the nation specializing in CTEPH (chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension) care. Here, patients with this complex condition have access to pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), the only treatment option proven to correct CTEPH.
Temple has treated more than 270 patients to date using this sophisticated procedure and has achieved a 97% overall success rate.
About PTE Surgery
The goal of PTE surgery is simple: remove the blood clots that are causing breathing problems, restore circulation to the lungs and improve quality of life.
Within several weeks after surgery, the majority of patients will:
- Experience a major improvement in shortness of breath
- No longer need pulmonary hypertension medications
- Need only a minimal dose diuretic
- Function without the need for supplemental oxygen
In select cases, a patient may not qualify for PTE because the clots cannot be easily reached or there is an increased risk due to other medical conditions. They may benefit from medications that reduce pulmonary pressure, or balloon pulmonary angioplasty to open up the blocked pulmonary artery.
Your physician will discuss this CTEPH treatment option with you and perform specialized tests to determine if PTE could help you.
Ready for an Appointment?
Request an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.