We regularly treat deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which can be a life-threatening condition without intervention. DVT occurs when a blood clot (or thrombosis) forms in a “deep vein” in the body, most often in the leg. If you are a smoker, are overweight, have a blood clotting disorder, have required prolonged immobility or have a form of cancer, you may be at greater risk to develop DVT. How do you know if you have a DVT? Symptoms include:
We begin a treatment for DVT by putting an IV into the vein where the blood clot is located. With special tools, we can remove some of the blood clot from the leg. We can also place “clot buster” medicine into the vein which starts to break up the blood clot. This may prevent long term complications from DVT such as severe swelling, pain and venous ulcers. This procedure often requires treatment in a hospital facility. It may even require you to spend the night at the hospital. Typically, you would be able to go home from the hospital the following day.
We also treat May-Thurner Syndrome, or iliac vein compression syndrome. May-Thurner occurs when there is a compression of the iliac vein by the artery that runs alongside it. This compression causes swelling and pain in the leg. It can also lead to the development of blood clots. How do you know if you have May-Thurner Syndrome? Symptoms include:
We begin treatment for May-Thurner Syndrome by placing an IV in either the lower leg or groin area so that we can insert an ultrasound device into the tube and take pictures to pinpoint the area. If the vein is being compressed by the artery, we insert a stent to open the vein, which allows the stent to overcome the compression of the artery. Plan on 1-2 hours for this procedure. While we could take less – or occasionally more time – 2 hours is typically standard. After the procedure, you will be reunited with your family in a recovery room, where you will stay from 2 to 3 hours. Unless our physicians recommend otherwise, you will be able to return home the same day.
We treat a variety of superficial venous diseases. These “leaky veins” can cause swelling, pain, discoloration and venous ulcers. Whether you have a venous ulcer, painful varicose veins or aching and swelling in your legs, we can help with one of these three treatments:
Plan on at least 1-2 hours for the ablation and phlebectomy procedures. While we could take less – or occasionally more time – 1 hour is typically standard. Sclerotherapy is very quick and typically only takes 15-30 minutes total. After the procedure, you will be reunited with your family. Unless our physicians recommend otherwise, you will be able to return home right away.