Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein – usually within the leg, thigh or pelvis. DVT can lead to swelling, pain, difficulty ambulating or feelings of tightness or heaviness in the affected area, as well as potentially severe complications like pulmonary embolism or postphlebitic syndrome. Fortunately, at The California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis, our expert medical team is fully-equipped to provide state-of-the-art deep vein thrombosis treatment options.
DVT treatment ranges from drug medication to non-drug treatments and surgery. In most cases, DVT treatment can be effectively used to:
- Prevent a blood clot from becoming larger
- Prevent a blood clot from traveling to the lungs
- Prevent post-thrombotic syndrome, a condition that can cause pain, sores and swelling to the affected area
- Prevent blood clots from returning
Led by the acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Farshad Malekmehr, our team at The California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis provides a number of the most cutting-edge and effective DVT treatment measures, including:
- Anticoagulation – Often considered the standard DVT and blood clot treatment, anticoagulation prevents clots from propagation and decreasing the chance of complications like potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulation does not dissolve a clot completely, but instead lessens the chance of clot propagation.
- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter – A metallic filter that is placed in the vena cava to prevent blood clot to travel from the lower extremities to the heart. An IVC filter is often used when there is a contraindication to anticoagulation or in conjunction to mechanical thrombectomy.
- Mechanical Thrombectomy – A revolutionary and highly effective new treatment that removes blood clots from the deep veins. Early removal of clots from deep veins can be highly beneficial in avoiding severe conditions like pulmonary embolism and postphlebitic syndrome.
- Thrombolysis – A treatment that decreases the chance of clot propagation and fatal pulmonary embolism by preserving the valves in the veins.
- Compression Stockings – These are fitted to a patient's leg to provide a pressure of about 30 mmHg to the lower extremity veins in order to decrease swelling and the chance of postphlebitic syndrome. In most cases, these should be worn for about one year after diagnosis of DVT.
About Dr. Malekmehr
By trusting your treatment for DVT to the team at The California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis, patients benefit from the expertise of Dr. Farshad Malekmehr. The board-certified has a special interest in providing treatment for DVT in leg and other areas, as well as a specialization in cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery.
Of course, the best and most acute DVT treatment is prevention. Dr. Malekmehr can provide advice on how to avoid needing deep vein thrombosis treatment to begin with by regularly performing walking and calf exercises that reduce venous stasis by encouraging muscle contractions that compress the veins and pump blood toward the heart.
If you're suffering from the symptoms of DVT, contact Dr. Malekmehr and his team at The California Institute of Deep Venous Thrombosis to schedule an appointment with our expert medical specialists. Particularly if you've recently been bedridden due to common causes of DVT like hip replacement, pregnancy or a number of other issues, you'll face a high potential of being affected by the condition, so don't hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today, and avoid the consequences of DVT before they start.