DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a treatable condition. This is great news, as the blood clot can loosen and travel to a vulnerable organ. It’s important to examine what DVT treatments are available, not only to fix the symptoms of DVT itself but also to prevent the clot from traveling elsewhere and becoming life-threatening. Another plus: treatments for DVT aim at making sure the clot doesn’t reform, helping protect you from future issues.
Compression therapy can help prevent the swelling associated with DVT. Compression therapy involves wearing compression stockings for a period of time—if you’re addressing DVT, you may be wearing them every day for several years. For more information, see our page on compression therapy.
These medicines, also called anticoagulants, decrease your blood’s ability to form clots. If you’re at risk for DVT, your doctor is likely to consider these. These are administered as shots or infusions over the course of several months. Keep in mind that too much or too little of a blood thinner can be dangerous, so pay attention to what your doctor prescribes.
Keep in mind that, like compression therapy, blood thinners are more preventative in nature: they can prevent clots, and prevent clots from getting bigger, but for serious DVT treatment, you may need something more dramatic.
This is a surgical deep vein thrombosis treatment that inserts a filter into a large vein in your abdomen. This may not stop DVT itself, but it prevents clots from getting lodged in your lungs, preventing pulmonary embolism.
If the DVT, has gotten bad enough, you may be hospitalized so that you can receive clot busters. If this DVT treatment sounds extreme, that’s because it is. Clot busters are used only in situations where clots have become life-threatening—they are more intense than blood thinners and can cause significant bleeding. Very few people with DVT will need this, unless their DVT is extremely serious or other medications aren’t working.
As with most conditions, it’s easiest to treat DVT before it happens. We cannot control all of our risk factors, such as age and genetics, but there are some things you can do. Avoid long periods of sitting and lying down—blood clots are more likely to form when the calf muscles aren’t getting any exercise. Smoking increases the pressure in your veins, increasing your risk of DVT—just one more reason you should stop smoking if you do. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help you stay DVT-free.
If you have the symptoms of DVT, call 800-400-8346 and set up an appointment with us. Dr. Seiger will be able to determine not only if you have DVT, but if you do, what kind of DVT treatment options would be best for you. With over two decades of experience, you can count on the Skin & Vein Center to get you what’s best for you. Click here to learn more!