Board Certified Vascular Surgeons located in Watkinsville, GA
Leg pain, swelling, and redness are common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in a deep vein. In addition to discomfort, DVT increases your risk of a pulmonary embolism, which is a life-threatening condition. The board-certified vascular surgeons at University Vascular in Watkinsville, Georgia, use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat DVTs. To schedule an evaluation, call the office closest to you or book online today.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Q & A
What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that occurs in one of your deep veins. Though you can develop DVT in any deep vein, it most often affects the veins in your legs.
The thick clump of blood impedes blood flow and may partially or completely block the vein.
What are deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk factors?
You may be at risk of developing DVT if you take medication or have a condition that makes your blood thicker and more susceptible to clotting.
Sitting or lying in place for too long can increase your risk of forming a blood clot and DVT. Pregnant and postpartum women, people over the age 60, and smokers are also at greater risk of developing DVT.
You may also be at risk of getting DVT after a leg injury.
What are symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Leg pain and swelling are the most common signs of deep vein thrombosis. Other symptoms include:
- Red or discolored skin
- Tenderness at the site of the vein
- Warmth in your leg
- Cramping or soreness that starts in the calf of your leg
DVT can occur without causing symptoms. If you have DVT symptoms, you should schedule an evaluation at University Vascular.
The blood clot in your leg may break free from its location and travel to your lungs, leading to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious health complications.
How is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) diagnosed?
When you visit University Vascular with concerns about DVT, the board-certified vascular surgeons conduct an in-depth history and physical, paying close attention to the affected leg.
To confirm or rule out DVT, your provider runs various diagnostic tests, such as blood tests or a vascular ultrasound, to assess blood flow through the affected area of your leg.
How is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treated?
University Vascular customizes your DVT treatment plan based on the location of your DVT, your medical history, and personal preferences.
In most cases, they prescribe an oral medication to thin your blood and help dissolve the DVT. They schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your DVT.
In severe cases, your provider may perform an in-office minimally invasive venography to remove the blood clot. Or they may place a special filter in your vein to stop the clot from traveling to your lungs.
For a comprehensive DVT plan, call University Vascular or book an appointment online today.
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