About 40% of patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) will continue to experience daily symptoms such as leg pain and swelling. While treatment with an anti-coagulant (also known as a blood thinner) helps prevent future clots from forming, it does not actively dissolve or treat the original clot.
“If your leg symptoms persist, seek care from a vein specialist,” says Suresh Vedantham, MD, an interventional radiologist at MIR. “Unresolved DVT symptoms can progress, become more difficult to treat and result in a chronic condition called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Interventional radiology procedures may help select DVT patients who have significant chronic symptoms,” says Vedantham.
Interventional radiology combines imaging technology with minimally-invasive (i.e. small incision) procedures to diagnose and/or treat specific conditions. Patients with residual symptoms from a DVT that impair the quality life might benefit from these catheter-based treatments. A catheter is a small hollow tube through which the treatment is delivered.
Patients wanting a second opinion from an MIR interventional radiologist about their persistent DVT symptoms can call: 314-362-3371. Check with your insurance provider regarding coverage!