Deep Venous Thrombosis

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in a deep vein. The blood clots may occur without causing symptoms, and when left untreated, increase your risk of developing serious health complications such as a pulmonary embolism. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis. They use the latest technology and techniques to treat the blood clot and reduce your risk of health complications. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Deep Venous Thrombosis Q & A

What is a deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that develops in a deep vein in your body. Though they can occur in any vein, they most often affect the veins in your legs. 

The blood clot may develop from any medical issue or condition that affects your normal blood circulation or blood clotting abilities. You may be at risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis if you have a blood-clotting disorder, on bed rest for a prolonged period of time, or have vein damage following an injury or surgery.

Birth control pills, smoking, and being overweight or obese are also risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. 

What are deep vein thrombosis symptoms?

Deep vein thrombosis may not cause noticeable symptoms. However, if you develop symptoms, they usually only affect one leg.

Common symptoms include:

  • Leg swelling
  • Leg pain
  • A warm sensation at the site of the swelling or pain

When left untreated, your blood clot may break loose from its position in your vein and travel to your lungs, leading to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. 

How is a deep vein thrombosis diagnosed?

Comprehensive Vascular Care is a full-service vascular practice with a fully accredited vascular lab that has the latest technology for diagnostic testing. When you visit the office with concerns about a deep vein thrombosis, they conduct comprehensive evaluations to provide the most accurate diagnosis.

During the exam, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and activities or accidents that may increase your risk of developing the blood clot. 

To confirm or rule out deep vein thrombosis, your provider may request vascular diagnostic testing such as a vascular ultrasound, venography, CT scan, or MRI. They may also request blood work. 

How is deep vein thrombosis treated?

Your provider at Comprehensive Vascular Care creates a personalized treatment plan for deep vein thrombosis aimed at stopping the clot from getting bigger and breaking free. Comprehensive Vascular Care offers the most advanced techniques and treatments for DVT care.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Blood thinners
  • Clot-busting medication
  • Use of compression stockings

Your provider may also place a filter in your vena cava, which is the large vein in your abdomen, to prevent your blood clot from entering your lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism.

Dedicated to providing personalized, long-term care, your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment plan and make adjustments as needed. 

To schedule a consultation, call Comprehensive Vascular Care, or book online today.