Deep Vein Thrombosis in New Jersey
Do not let your deep vein thrombosis turn into a life-threatening condition; call the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons based in Cedar Knolls, NJ today!
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) involves pain, swelling, redness, or other side effects in the legs resulting from a blood clot within a deep vein. In the most severe cases of DVT, a blood clot in the leg can become detached and move to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition known as pulmonary embolism.
Deep vein thrombosis is typically the result of blood that moves slowly through veins, excessive blood coagulation, and/or changes in the lining of blood vessels. Older individuals and those who recently underwent major surgery are the most frequent groups to experience deep vein thrombosis.
Signs & Symptoms
About half of deep vein thrombosis patients never experience any common symptoms. However, you may see or feel any of the following on your hips, thighs, or legs:
- Swelling in the leg
- Pain in the calf or thigh
- Warmth and redness of the leg
The following conditions also increase your risk:
- Smoking tobacco (can injure blood vessel walls)
- Varicose veins (veins that are enlarged, twisted, and swollen)
- Heart or lung conditions (cause poor blood flow)
- Obesity and aging
- Long periods without activity: Clots may form if you are bedridden or sitting for many hours, such as on long air flights.
Benefits of Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment
- Reduced pain and swelling
- Decreased sensitivity and redness
- Reduced risk of complications related to the blood clot
How is Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis Performed?
The doctor will likely recommend anticoagulants, also known as blood thinners, to treat your deep vein thrombosis. Anticoagulants work to keep blood clots from expanding or breaking off, as well as to prevent new clot formations.
- In other cases, doctors may recommend a drug called a thrombolytic agent to treat deep vein thrombosis. This drug is sometimes necessary for those individuals with larger clots, who are at a higher risk for pulmonary embolism. It is also applicable for those that have deep vein thrombosis in the arm rather than the leg.
- Another popular treatment is catheter-directed thrombolysis. In this treatment, a radiologist inserts a catheter into your leg, then puts the catheter tip into the clot and infuses a drug directly into your vein. If the vein appears to be too narrow, the radiologist may use a stent to widen your vein and help prevent future blockage.
In some cases, surgery may also be required to remove a deep vein clot. Alternative treatments for deep vein thrombosis involve using a small metal device to capture blood clots or using elevation techniques with a compression device.
Preparing for Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment
Preparing for your deep vein thrombosis treatment is highly dependent upon what your Advanced Foot & Ankle physician prescribes. Mild forms of DVT can be treated using graduated compression stockings to improve blood flow in your legs, as well as anticoagulant prescription medications. More severe cases of DVT may require thrombolysis, which adds enzymes to your blood to help break up the clot or even surgical procedures such as a thrombectomy.
Whatever your treatment, your doctor will go over any necessary preparations well in advance.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment Recovery
After treatment, patients typically find pain disappears overnight.
- Swelling dissipates within 7 to 10 days.
- We will perform an ultrasound at the six-month mark to make sure no new blood clots have formed.
Driven by a Pursuit of Excellence
Driven by the pursuit of excellence, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson are the surgeons of choice for foot and ankle treatments in Cedar Knolls, NJ, and Northern NJ.
Dr. Mark Solomon serves as the team podiatrist for the New York Jets. Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson offer an unsurpassed ability to diagnose and treat sports-related foot and ankle conditions/injuries. In addition, Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons has been voted the top podiatrist in Morris County.
How Much Does Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment Cost?
Advanced Foot & Ankle Surgeons accept Medicare and Atlantic Health System’s local health insurance. We are considered an out-of-network provider with other insurance plans.
Some insurance plans include an out-of-network provision. If your insurance plan has this provision, it is likely to cover a portion of the eligible charges. As a courtesy, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will submit your claims on your behalf.
If you do not have medical insurance, our knowledgeable and friendly office staff will review the various payment options we offer. We offer CareCredit® financing and accept major credit cards.
It is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to know and understand what services are covered under their individual insurance policy.
Board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and Fellows of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, both Dr. Solomon and Dr. Stinson represent a new generation of foot and ankle specialists.
We believe our patients deserve to have the information needed to make good choices about their foot and ankle care. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment today!