Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a serious medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the body’s major deep veins (typically in the legs or pelvis), leading to blockage of blood flow. The result is significant discomfort and risk of serious health complications, like pulmonary embolism (PE), which occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs. Risk factors include obesity, prolonged sitting, restricted mobility, pregnancy and predisposition to clotting. DVT Therapy utilizes ultrasound and live X-ray guidance to remove the blood clot, typically in a single setting.
Interventional radiologists can remove clots and restore blood flow through DVT thrombectomy therapy, typically in a single setting. Performed through an incision the size of a pencil eraser, DVT therapy can prevent Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) and the pain, swelling and enlarged varicose veins that come with it.
Many DVT patients are at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially life threatening event that can occur when a blood clot moves to the lungs. To prevent PE, interventional radiologists can place IVC filters (tiny umbrella-shaped metal devices) inside the affected vein to catch blood clots before they travel to the lungs. Many IVC filters are intended for temporary use, but can also be left in place if necessary. Interventional radiologists can safely remove IVC filters—even those that have been present for many years.