Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment
As aforementioned, deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that must be treated. After booking an initial consultation with Dr. Vargas, they will diagnose the condition by taking a comprehensive evaluation of the symptoms and your medical history. Once the extent of the disease and location is determined through an ultrasound, a bespoke treatment plan will be created.
Treatments for DVT are designed to prevent the clot from growing, to lower the risk of clots in the future and to impede pulmonary embolism. The most common treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis are:
Blood-thinning medication (anticoagulation)
This medication (such as enoxaparin, warfarin or ribaroxaban) is designed to lower the risk of blood clots and to stabilize existing clots so that they do not travel around the body or grow.
For severe cases of DVT, thrombolytic medication might be used. Known as clot-dissolving medications, they are designed to break up clots within the large central veins.
To lower the risk of developing complications secondary to blood clots and swelling, compression stockings may be recommended. Particularly useful for those at high risk, Dr. Vargas will suggest how frequently you should wear these.
For those who are unable to take blood-thinning medication, an IVC filter may be recommended. Through this treatment, a filter will be inserted into the abdominal vein by using a catheter. This is designed to prevent pulmonary embolisms, by stopping any clots that have broken free from entering the heart or lungs.
Although there is little to no downtime after the placement of an IVC filter, it does come with its risks. Dr. Vargas will take you through these risks associated with the treatment in your consultation. More importantly, you will be monitored so that the filter can be removed when no longer necessary.