Deep Vein Thrombosis

What are Deep Vein Thrombosis Veins?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within the deep veins of the pelvis and legs.  They may form as a result of traumatic injury, surgery, an underlying blood disorder or from long periods of immobility as in long plane flights, car trips or being in a long bone cast for extended periods of time.  Once a DVT forms, most commonly patients present with leg swelling, leg heaviness and pain.  Once swelling has occurred, the DVT is more likely been present for at least 3 days.  There are oral and injectable medicines to dissolve the blood clots in which your health provider can discuss.  However, in many cases, the medicine takes several days to weeks to begin to dissolve the blood clot and reduce the discomfort.  We have minimally invasive treatments to dissolve the blood clot with micro-catheters that can vacuum the clot from your veins and make the oral medicine more efficient and reduce the time of discomfort.