can occur without warning signs Also felt as discomfort in the affected area including Swelling and pain the affected leg. Additionally, redness and warmth along the vein where the clot is found.
Coagulation of blood is an important process that helps to prevent excessive bleeding during injury. However, in the absence of Injury, when the blood is not flowing properly or if it pools in the veins the platelets in the blood that help with coagulation can stick together and cause it to clot.
a. Inactivity- During a long flight or drive b. Damage to a vein c. Cancer or other diseases that cause your blood to clot more easily d. Medications e. Hormones
a. Age b. Obesity c. Pregnancy d. Family History of DVT e. Having a catheter placed in a vein f. Deep vein injury g. Smoking
Your vascular surgeon will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history as well as performing a thorough physical examination.
a. Duplex ultrasound to check the flow of blood in the area of the perceived clot. A Venograph can also be done by injecting a contrast dye into the vein under x-ray to see where the dye is allowed to pass through. The X-ray will show a mapping of your veins and show the area where the contrast dye was unable to pass through. Although DVT’s can generally be diagnosed by duplex ultrasound, venography is another option Western Vascular Institute has available to confirm the diagnosis.
Most often a Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT can be treated by a medication known as blood thinners or anticoagulants. These medications help prevent the blood from clotting and over time reduce the size and consistency of the clot.
Maintain good overall health including a healthy diet and staying physically active will help reduce the risk of a DVT. It is likewise important to maintain a healthy weight and make sure to follow up with your vascular surgeon to discuss the possibility of long-term blood thinner medications.
Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure performed by a vascular surgeon that utilizes radiofrequency energy to heat a catheter element which, when inserted into the vein, shrinks the wall of the vessel. This shrinkage or ablation of the vein closes off the blood flow to the incompetent area of the vein allowing the vein to create new healthy pathways where it is needed.
Many different doctors treat varicose veins, so why should I see a vascular surgeon specifically?
Many doctors treat varicose veins, but vascular surgeons are specifically trained and board certified to treat such disorders. Vascular surgeons only treat venous and vascular disorders from the time they graduate medical school. These specialists spend their entire career focusing solely on venous and vascular diagnosis, and treatment.
This amount of dedication, and training provides them with a unique, unbiased, expert perspective on causes, treatments and differential diagnosis of these diseases. Differential diagnosis meaning, that even though an individual may have varicose veins, this does not necessarily mean that the varicose veins are the underlying problem. Vascular surgeons are best able to diagnose these underlying problems and are the only physicians that can provide all available treatment options for venous and vascular diseases.
Our doctors have over 65 years of experience and have dedicated their careers to help treat patients with venous and vascular disease. Without a doubt, Western Vascular Institute has the best vascular surgeons in Arizona.
At least 20-25 million Americans suffer from varicose veins which are often inherited and most commonly affect women. This infographic illustrates the signs, symptoms and treatments available at Western Vascular Institute.