Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) treatment can include:
Anticoagulants (blood thinners)
PTE surgery (also called pulmonary thromboendarterectomy)
BPA surgery (also called balloon pulmonary angioplasty)
You will likely be placed on blood thinners, as they can help prevent clots from forming in the blood stream.
If you’ve been diagnosed with CTEPH, your healthcare team will determine if PTE surgery is right for you. Although PTE is the recommended treatment for CTEPH, not everyone is a candidate. Even after PTE surgery, you can still experience CTEPH symptoms. Other surgeries such as BPA also exist for patients for whom PTE is not recommended.
It's important to talk to your doctor about all your available treatment options to determine the one that's best for you.
From diagnosis to recovery, PTE surgery for CTEPH involves a series of important steps and decisions.
Three real patients share PTE surgery experiences and recovery milestones.