MESA COUNTY, Colo. — Community Hospital performed the first mechanical thrombectomy on the Western Slope using the ClotTriever System. This new state-of-the-art technology is designed to remove large clots from large vessels in a single session without the need for thrombolytic drugs or a consequent intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The procedure was performed by Todd James, DO, Interventional Cardiologist with Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Cardiology.

The ClotTriever Thrombectomy System is indicated for the non-surgical removal of thrombi and emboli from blood vessels and injection, infusion, and/or aspiration of contrast media and other fluids into or from a blood vessel. The ClotTriever Thrombectomy System is also indicated for use in the peripheral vasculature including deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

“This technology not only provides the convenience of an outpatient procedure but also effective removal of clot without the administration of life-threatening anti-coagulation or overnight ICU stay,” said Todd James, DO, Interventional Cardiologist with Community Hospital. “Patients who suffer from this potentially fatal disease are benefiting greatly because of it. We expect to continue to lead the way on the Western Slope in interventional cardiology techniques and devices and take this responsibility seriously. Our goal is to be the leader on the Western Slope in DVT/PE thrombectomy therapies,” added Dr. James.

According to literature from INARI Medical, the company that developed the ClotTriever Thrombectomy System, this new procedure allows for immediate symptom relief, allowing physicians to treat patients in a single session, eliminating the need for thrombolytics or the need for an ICU stay in the hospital.

Blood clots can be caused by anything that prevents blood from circulating or clotting normally, such as an injury to a vein, surgery, certain medications, and limited movement. DVTs may dislodge and travel through the venous system and heart to become lodged in the pulmonary arteries, posing a risk of life-threatening complications. If a clot is left unresolved, patients can develop post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), a chronic lifestyle limiting disease characterized by swelling, pressure, pain, and venous ulcers due to valve and vessel damage.  

Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Cardiology offers a full range of cardiac care services including cardiology consults, ECG interpretation, transthoracic echocardiography, stress testing, pacemaker implantation and management, and much more. Richard Garmany, MD, a board-certified cardiologist, has been serving the Grand Valley for nearly fourteen years and joined Community Hospital in 2020 to begin Grand Valley Cardiology. Todd James, DO, is an interventional cardiologist who moved to the Grand Valley in May 2021 to join Community Hospital and Enrique Orellana, DO, is the newest member of the cardiology team at Community Hospital. Dr. Orellana is a board-certified cardiologist, specializing in general cardiology, heart failure, and valvular heart disease.

Community Hospital opened a brand new state-of-the-art cardiovascular procedure center on the main hospital campus on June 1, 2021. For more information on the services provided by Community Hospital’s Grand Valley Cardiology, please call 970-644-4030 or visit