Embolisation is a way of blocking abnormal blood vessels. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about embolisation, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for treatment.
What happens before the embolisation?
What does embolisation involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives to embolisation?
What happens afterwards?
- Your child starts bleeding from where the catheter was inserted. If bleeding happens, apply pressure to the area immediately.
- Your child is in a lot of pain and pain relief does not seem to help.
- The area where the catheter was inserted looks red, swollen and feels hotter than the surrounding skin.
- The leg where the catheter was inserted looks or feels different to the other leg.
- Your child is not drinking any fluids after the first day back at home.
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.