May 1, 2014

At the California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis, Dr. Farshad Malekmehr leads a team that provides critical aid to those with postphlebitic syndrome

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — When a person’s circulatory system is working properly, blood will flow freely through a person’s veins. Unfortunately, sometimes blood clots can form in the deep veins of the leg – a condition known as deep venous thrombosis. This condition can lead to devastating and even life threatening consequences like postphlebitic syndrome. At the California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis, though, patients benefit from the treatment of acclaimed surgeon Dr. Farshad Malekmehr. Thrombolysis for DVT treatment from the renowned surgeon can decrease the chance of a clot leading to a fatal pulmonary embolism. Further still, by performing cutting-edge treatments like mechanical thrombectomy for DVT and anticoagulation, Dr. Malekmehr can stop postphlebitic syndrome before it starts.

Postphlebitic syndrome can occur when DVT is not treated properly; symptoms include leg pain, swelling, itchiness, dryness and eventually skin ulceration as a result of prolonged venous hypertension. When a person walks, the muscles of the leg squeeze the veins, leading to blood flow towards the heart. However, in sufferers of postphlebitic syndrome, these delicate valves become damaged. This leads to a loss of unidirectional flow of blood, and in some case swelling and accumulation of fluid in the leg, in addition to pain and complications like venous ulcerations. Consequences include debilitating problems with mobility, playing sports, ambulation and even simple walking. Though life can seem bleak at times for those with issues like postphlebitic syndrome, Dr. Malekmehr provides a ray of hope that the future can still be bright and full of activity.

Currently, there is currently no surgical treatment for postphlebitic syndrome. Yet, the condition can still be treated with compression stockings by Dr. Farshad Malekmehr and his top-notch medical team at the California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis. These are fitted to a patient’s leg, and provide a pressure of about 30 mmHg to the lower extremity veins. They decrease the swelling by squeezing the blood back up the leg in the proper direction, and can prove useful after being worn for a year after the diagnosis of DVT by Dr. Malekmehr or a member of his team.

Though compression stockings can be effective, stopping postphlebitic syndrome before it occurs through early diagnosis of DVT is still the best bet for combatting the issue. The sooner a patient undergoes treatment such as anticoagulation medicine from Dr. Malekmehr, the sooner a clot can be dissolved, reducing the chance for damaging inflammation and the potentially devastating syndrome.

If you’re experiencing issues like swollen legs, pain in the legs, difficulty ambulating or a heavy, tight feeling in the legs or thighs, contact Dr. Malekmehr’s offices today, and stop the debilitating, dangerous effects of postphlebitic syndrome before they start. To schedule an appointment at the California Institute for Deep Venous Thrombosis, or for further information, please call 818-908-9752 or visit


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