Diagnosed With DVT, We can Help.
Even though DVT itself is not life-threatening, the blood clots have the potential to break free and travel through your bloodstream. A pulmonary embolism (PE) happens when the traveling blood clots (emboli) become lodged in the blood vessels of your lung. Since this can be a life-threatening condition, you need a quick diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of DVT?
The symptoms associated with an acute DVT include:
Some people don’t know they have a DVT until the clot moves from their leg or arm and travels to their lung. Symptoms of acute PE include chest pain, shortness of breath, cough with blood, lightheadedness and fainting.
This type of medication makes it harder for your blood to clot. Anticoagulants also stop clots from getting bigger and prevent blood clots from moving.
You‘ll probably need to wear graded elastic compression stockings to either improve or completely get rid of leg swelling. Damage to the small valves inside your veins often causes this swelling.
Our surgeon inserts the IVC filter into your inferior vena cava, a large vein in your abdomen. If blood clots in the veins of your legs break off and travel, the IVC filter is designed to prevent large blood clots (emboli) from reaching your lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.
Mechanical thrombectomy devices are designed to help break up and physically remove all or portions of the blood clot. These devices are designed to remove extensive clots more efficiently, provide quicker restoration of venous flow and assist in restoring normal venous valve function.
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- Injuries from an accident
- Prior history of DVT
- Family history of DVT
- Having a central venous catheter
- Being overweight
- Taking birth control pills or hormone therapy
- Swelling of the leg
- Pain or tenderness in the leg
- Increased warmth in the area of the leg that is swollen or painful
- Red or discolored skin in the area of the leg that is swollen or painful
- Chest pain when taking in a deep breath
- Shortness of breath
- A sensation of your heart beating fast
- Frequent ambulation and simple leg exercises to help keep blood moving.
- Medications such as blood thinners. Some patients may be at high risk for using blood thinners. If so, compression stockings and / or a compression sleeve / pump will be placed on the patient’s legs or feet to help squeeze blood out and prevent clots from forming.
- Mechanical devices such as a compression pump. It is important for the patient to keep the compression sleeve / pump on at all times, except when walking.
Treatment of DVT includes blood thinners, to prevent the blood clot from progressing and dislodging to the lungs. These medications are taken for at least three to six months. Frequent blood tests are required so that your doctor can evaluate how well the blood thinners are working, and to determine if the dose of your medicine needs to be adjusted.
In addition, special stocking called "compression stockings" may be used to help prevent further clotting and reduce the pain and swelling that can happen with deep vein thrombosis.
In some cases, Dr Nwobi will recommend placement of a vena cava filter to prevent embolisms from traveling to the lungs. This device is generally used for patients who cannot take blood thinners, are at high risk for embolism, or have recurrence of deep vein thrombosis. Certain patients may have the option of filter removal once risk of pulmonary embolism no longer exists.
For some patients, removal of the blood clot may be offered. This is done by a minimally invasive procedure using special catheters with medication to break down and remove the clot. Removal of blood clots is usually performed on younger, active patients to prevent long-term complications such as chronic leg pain, swelling, and leg ulcers.