It is our mission at the British Varicose Vein Centre to avoid long term damage to the leg caused by DVTs and avoid swelling and leg ulcers. We specialise and provide expert care along with the most up-to-date advice, treatment and diagnosis.
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that most frequently occurs in the deep veins of the leg and can lead to a sudden onset of pain and swelling. There are many possible causes of a DVT – long haul flight travel, varicose veins, May-Thurner syndrome, pregnancy and obesity being just a few.
Left untreated the blood clot may stay the same size but it can develop and has the potential to move into the lungs, blocking the blood vessels leading from the heart. This is called a pulmonary embolism and the highest risk of this occurring is within six weeks of the DVT appearing. It is therefore obvious that fast treatment of a DVT reduces this risk and is better for the patient all round.
If a DVT is suspected we advise urgent medical attention to be sought where an ultrasound and blood tests can be carried out to determine the exact nature of the patient’s condition.
Possible signs of a DVT include a sudden onset of pain in the leg – usually the calf. The leg may become swollen but even if that is not the case it could still be a DVT. The area may also become swollen and warm and left untreated would remain in that state with the skin becoming a brownish colour.
Without any treatment a leg may feel very heavy and tired and sometimes feel painful while walking. In the latter stages, leg ulcers can also occur so it is vitally important that patients seek medical attention if they suspect anything might be wrong.
We use only the latest and most up-to-date equipment and methods in treating acute deep vein thrombosis and are able to utilise our years of experience to successfully treat each patient on an individual basis.
Treatments can involve vein stockings or anticoagulation to avoid the clot getting bigger, as well as prescribing drugs to dissolve clots. If there is a narrowing of the vein we are able to use special vein stents to widen blocked veins.
At the British Varicose Vein Centre we use an Inter Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS) to pinpoint the problem – a process we find essential in the modern treatment of deep vein thrombosis.