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Understand your treatment options

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT)

WHAT IS DVT?

DVT is an acronym for Deep Venous Thrombosis. It is a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs. Mr Ling will manage this condition by first performing a thorough history and examination to determine the cause of the DVT. Mr Ling works closely with physicians who deal with blood clotting disorders (haematologists) to ensure you receive comprehensive treatment.

WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF A DVT?

A DVT can dislodge and travel to the lung (pulmonary embolus or PE). This can be life-threatening. 

The clot (thrombus) also destroys the valves in the veins. This can lead to 'post-thrombotic syndrome' in about 50% of patients who have a large vein DVT. 

WHAT IS POST-THROMBOTIC SYNDROME?

This is a syndrome of chronic aching and swelling in the legs, and development of skin changes that can lead to ulcers. It is very debilitating and leads to a poor quality of life.

Intervention with minimally invasive techniques has been shown to reduce the incidence of moderate to severe post-thrombotic syndrome. 

Can anything be done to remove the clot?

A DVT can be treated with medications that thin the blood but do not dissolve the clot. Alternatively, a 'clot-busting' medication can be sprayed into the vein, and then the clot suctioned out with a special catheter. This is done using minimally invasive techniques. Mr Ling will discuss which treatment option is best suited for your particular circumstance.

CLEARANCE OF DVT

Minimally invasive surgery

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