Methodist Germantown Hospital now offers the WATCHMAN implant. WATCHMAN is a permanent implant that closes off a part of the heart where blood clots commonly form.
It helps reduce stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem and is an alternative to blood thinners like warfarin.
How it Works
- WATCHMAN is an implant about the size of a quarter that fits into a part of your heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA).
- 90% of stroke-causing blood clots that come from the heart are formed in the LAA.
- WATCHMAN permanently closes off this part of your heart to keep those blood clots from escaping.
WATCHMAN doesn’t require open-heart surgery. Here’s what happens during the implant procedure:
- The doctor makes a small cut in your upper leg and inserts a narrow tube.
- The WATCHMAN implant is then guided through the tube, into your left atrial appendage (LAA).
- The procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically takes about an hour. People who get the WATCHMAN implant usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day.
- After the procedure, you’ll take warfarin until your LAA is permanently closed off—usually just 45 days.
- During that time, heart tissue grows over the WATCHMAN implant to form a barrier against blood clots.
Click here to watch a 4-minute video about how WATCHMAN works.
To find a physician who offers WATCHMAN or to schedule an appointment, contact:Sutherland Cardiology Clinic
7460 Wolf River Blvd
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 763-0200
UT Methodist Physicians - Cardiology
1211 Union Ave, Suite 965 & Suite 475
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: (901) 435-8550 or (901) 274-2643