Deep Vein Thrombosis & Venous Disease

Are You at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Almost 2 million Americans develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) each year.  These blood clots typically develop in the legs, but will sometimes break loose and travel through the heart to the lungs, becoming a pulmonary embolism (PE). If the traveling clot is large enough, it can be fatal.  Patients at risk for developing DVT include those who:

  • Are over age 60
  • Smoke
  • Recently had major surgery
  • Prior history of DVT
  • History of blood clotting disorder
  • Take oral contraceptives or hormone therapy
  • Are undergoing prolonged period of immobility

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

DVT can develop in people whose leg veins aren’t working properly (venous reflux), causing blood to pool in the veins due to the higher pressure. The high pressure leads to inflammation of the vein.  That, combined with the more sluggish flow of blood and a damaged vein surface creates the ideal conditions for a blood clot to form.   The clots associated with vein disease may be superficial or deep.  DVT’s are the most dangerous.

If you have a painful “pulling” sensation in the calf, localized pain, warmth, redness, or swelling which can travel up the knee, you may have DVT.

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

What Treatments are Available for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Patients diagnosed with DVT are typically put on blood thinner medications and clot-dissolving medications known as thrombolytics, which are delivered directly into the clot.  Emergency procedures are sometimes required to remove the clot.  However, your best bet is to treat your vein disease sooner, rather than later, to avoid the risk altogether.

What Results Will I See?

Most patients can expect to see a notable improvement in both the appearance and feeling of tight pain in their veins after an endovenous laser ablation with Dr. Craig Schwartz.

Is There Any Downtime?

Patients are able and required to walk after the procedure, and most patients are able to return to work within a day or two. Following treatment, patients wear prescription-strength compression stockings for up to two weeks.

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