MELANIA Trump has undergone a procedure for a benign kidney condition at the Walter Reed Hospital Military Medical Center.
Here’s what we know about embolisation, the procedure that will see the First Lady spend the rest of the week in hospital.
Getty Images – Getty Melania Trump has undergone a medical procedure known as embolisation
What is embolisation?
Embolisation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to prevent blood flow to an area of the body.
The procedure is carried out by a radiologist and is often performed with little or no sedation, although this depends largely on the organ to be embolised.
Patients who undergo cerebral embolization or portal vein embolisation are usually given a general anaesthetic.
But those undergoing a procedure like Melania Trump had would normally remain conscious for the procedure
This type of procedure is typically done in preparation for kidney surgery for cancer or a type of benign kidney tumour known as angiomyolipoma.
How does the procedure work?
Access to the organ is gained using a guidewire and catheters
The position of the correct artery or vein supplying the organ in question is located by digital subtraction angiography (DSA).
These images are then used as a map for the radiologist to gain access to the correct vessel.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure varies from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the complexity of the condition.
Generally patients will stay in bed for between 6 and 8 hours after the procedure.
Yesterday a statement from the White House said: “This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition.
“The procedure was successful and there were no complications.
“Mrs Trump is at Walter Reed Hospital Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week.
“The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”
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