Deep Vein Thrombosis
This is where a blood clot has formed in the deep veins of the leg or occasionally arm. In the very early stages the clot can be dissolved with special clot-busting drugs. Furthermore investigations may reveal a structural problem that needs correcting. We can also advise on long-term management and what to do if there is persistent swelling.
- Thrombolysis: this is where special chemicals sometimes with additional mechanical methods can dissolve the clot. This treatment will require an inpatient stay
- Angioplasty and stenting: this is used when the vein has become narrowed or blocked. A wire passed along the vein and the diseased part of the vein is enlarged using a stretching balloon (known as angioplasty) and if needed held open with a metallic lining (known as stenting)
- Surgical bypass: sometimes the best way to overcome the narrowed or blocked vein is to allow the blood to go through another tube (usually the patient’s own vein) so the blood cab literally bypass the blockage.