It is our mission at the British Varicose Vein Centre to avoid long term damage to the leg caused by DVTs and avoid swelling and leg ulcers. We specialise and provide expert care along with the most up-to-date advice, treatment and diagnosis.
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that most frequently occurs in the deep veins of the leg and can lead to a sudden onset of pain and swelling. There are many possible causes of a DVT – long haul flight travel, varicose veins, May-Thurner syndrome, pregnancy and obesity being just a few.
Left untreated the blood clot may stay the same size but it can develop and has the potential to move into the lungs, blocking the blood vessels leading from the heart. This is called a pulmonary embolism and the highest risk of this occurring is within six weeks of the DVT appearing. It is therefore obvious that fast treatment of a DVT reduces this risk and is better for the patient all round.
If a DVT is suspected we advise urgent medical attention to be sought where an ultrasound and blood tests can be carried out to determine the exact nature of the patient’s condition.
Possible signs of a DVT include a sudden onset of pain in the leg – usually the calf. The leg may become swollen but even if that is not the case it could still be a DVT. The area may also become swollen and warm and left untreated would remain in that state with the skin becoming a brownish colour.
Without any treatment a leg may feel very heavy and tired and sometimes feel painful while walking. In the latter stages, leg ulcers can also occur so it is vitally important that patients seek medical attention if they suspect anything might be wrong.
Treatment of a Deep Vein Thrombosis
This common condition can run in families and affects 60% of the adult population. Both men and women develop varicose veins to an equal extent but it is women who more frequently seek treatment. The problem can appear at any time of life but is more common with increasing age. Prolonged standing, excess weight, hormonal medications and pregnancy can exacerbate the condition.
Treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Intra Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
Gives a clearer picture of some conditions
Can be used to diagnose issues or for treatment
Provides answers for the possible causes of conditions that are otherwise unexplained