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To stop bleeding or abnormal blood flow within an artery. For example, coil embolization can be used to:
Coil embolization is a catheter-based procedure that allows precise occlusion 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
In the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Coil Embolization usually takes 1-3 hours.