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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis Surgery?

It is a surgical procedure in which the vascular surgeon removes a blood clot present in the deep vein of the body. It is typically common in legs and arms. In addition, deep vein thrombosis can lead to fatal conditions, therefore it is always suggested to undergo prompt and best suited treatment for blood clot removal in order to avoid the potential complications. 

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      At Pristyn Care, we make sure that every person who needs advanced deep vein thrombosis treatment in India gets optimal care. We leverage modern technology and treat patients with compassion to understand and resolve their problems. 

      Our vascular surgeons are skilled in performing advanced deep vein thrombosis treatments such as thrombectomy, IVC filter implantation, angioplasty, etc. They have an average experience of 10-13 years and provide comprehensive DVT treatments. 

      What happens in deep vein thrombosis surgery?

      What happens in deep vein thrombosis surgery?

      Diagnosis

      The doctor will first ask you about the symptoms, go through your medical history and carry out a physical evaluation by checking for the signs of swelling or enlargement and discoloration of the veins. In addition, the doctor may touch the affected area to check the tenderness in your legs. S/he may also suggest a few diagnostic tests to initiate the best-suited treatment for DVT. Some of the diagnostic tests are-

      • D-dimer blood test: D-dimer is a type of protein produced due to the formation of blood clots. A D-dimer test is used to measure the presence of the protein fragment that is released due to the breaking up of the blood clots. This test also helps in ruling out the possibility of a condition of pulmonary embolism.
      • Duplex Ultrasound: This is a standard imaging test that helps in diagnosing a condition of DVT. During the test, the doctor or technician uses sound waves to determine the blood flow and detect the presence of any blockage or blood clots located deep in the veins with the help of a transducer. 
      • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan: This is an imaging test that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to provide images of the body. An MRI scan helps in diagnosing a condition of DVT in the veins of the abdomen. Generally, this test is used to diagnose the condition in patients for whom an ultrasound examination is unfeasible or inappropriate.
      • Venography: This is a type of X-ray that involves the injecting of a dye into a large vein in the foot or ankle. The X-ray then creates images of the veins in the legs and feet, which helps the doctor to look for the presence of blood clots. However, since this is an invasive procedure, it is mostly replaced by duplex ultrasonography and is only used in certain patients.

      Deep vein thrombosis treatment

      You can expect the following things during deep vein thrombosis treatment-

      • To make sure that you do not feel any sort of pain or discomfort during the surgery, the surgeon will sedate you with anesthesia. 
      • While performing the surgery, the doctor may use continuous X-ray images to view your internal structures.
      • The surgeon will make a cut or incision in the area above the blood clot that will help them to open the blood vessel and take out the clot.
      • A balloon attached to a catheter will be used in the blood vessel to remove any part of the clot that remains and a stent might be put in the blood vessel to keep it open during the procedure.
      • After the blood flow is restored, the doctor will close and repair the blood vessel.
      • Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will close the incision with stitches or sutures before applying bandages around the wound.

      Why happens if DVT is left untreated?

      Why happens if DVT is left untreated?

      It is a condition of venous insufficiency. If DVT is left untreated, it can lead to complications that can be severe and life-threatening. In case you don’t seek proper treatment for DVT on time, the blood clot can travel to the lungs from other parts of the body, blocking one or more arteries or blood vessels in your lungs, resulting in a fatal complication of pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is followed by a number of signs and symptoms that include shortness of breath, chest pain while coughing or inhaling, a rapid heart rate, etc.

       

      How to prepare for deep vein thrombosis treatment?

      How to prepare for deep vein thrombosis treatment?

      • Before going for a deep vein thrombosis surgery, it is important for you to discuss any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you are taking, such as aspirin, vitamins, blood thinners, and other supplements.
      • It is always good to discuss the signs and symptoms with your doctor before the surgery. This helps in ruling out any possible complications that may take place after receiving the treatment.
      • You will completely need to avoid smoking as it can delay the process of healing after the surgery.
      • Before going for the treatment, you should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are expecting pregnancy.
      • Since the procedure involves the injecting of anesthesia, you should let your doctor know about the possibility of developing allergic reactions.
      • In order to ensure a safe and effective treatment, you will need to avoid eating or drinking prior to 8 hours before the surgery. 

      How do I recover faster after deep vein thrombosis surgery?

      How do I recover faster after deep vein thrombosis surgery?

      Some of the tips that may help you in faster and smooth recovery:

      • Take proper sleep and rest as much as you can.
      • Drink enough water throughout the day to ensure your body stays hydrated.
      • Refrain from indulging in exercises or activities that may strain the area affected by deep vein thrombosis.
      • Eat a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, proteins, and vitamins to enhance the healing process.
      • Do contact your doctor if you experience any odd symptoms post deep vein thrombosis surgery.

       

      What are the non-surgical treatments for DVT?

      What are the non-surgical treatments for DVT?

      There are certain non-invasive treatment options for treating the condition of deep vein thrombosis by preventing the blood clot from getting bigger or breaking loose and traveling to the lungs. Depending upon the severity of your condition, the doctor might prescribe a number of medications or preventive gear that include:

      • Blood thinners: A condition of DVT is usually treated with blood thinners, also known as anticoagulants. Although these drugs necessarily do not break up blood clots, they can prevent the clots from increasing in size and can reduce your risk of developing more clots.
      • Compression stockings: You might consider wearing compression stockings to reduce the chances of developing blood clots and pools. These stockings can help in preventing the swelling and provide temporary relief to the symptoms caused by a condition of DVT.
      • Thrombolytics/Clot busters: These are certain drugs that the doctor may prescribe in order to break the blood clots that are formed in the vessels. These are usually prescribed if you have a more serious condition of DVT that has led to pulmonary embolism or if the other medications are not working.

      Case Study

      Case Study

      Mrs. Sonia Aggarwal (name changed) contacted Pristyn Care on 27th September 2021 by filling out the appointment form on the website. She was suffering from extreme pain that felt like muscle cramp initially. It eventually got worse and unbearable as she informed our medical coordinator. 

      Our medical coordinator connected her to one of our best vascular doctors, Dr. Bhaskar M.V. The doctor performed a thorough diagnosis and noted she had a blood clot in her left leg. That blood clot was a result of DVT condition. Dr. Bhaskar advised a few diagnostic tests such as MRI scan, duplex ultrasound, venography, and d-dimer blood test to detect the severity of the deep vein thrombosis. 

      Dr. Bhaskar recommended thrombectomy to remove the blood clot present in her leg and prescribed anticoagulants to prevent the formation of blood clots. He later scheduled two follow-up consultations and recovered well post DVT surgery. 

      FAQs about Deep Vein Thrombosis

      Is surgery the only treatment for deep vein thrombosis?

      Some mild cases of deep vein thrombosis can be treated through medications and lifestyle modifications. However, if the condition of deep vein thrombosis is severe, it is always a better option not to delay the proper treatment to get faster relief.

       

      When can I resume work after a deep vein thrombosis surgery?

      Generally, one can resume work within a week of surgery, especially if you have a desk job. However, for better results and smoother recovery, it is always advisable to take a rest for at least 10-14 days.

      How long does deep vein thrombosis surgery last?

      The advanced and latest deep vein thrombosis treatment procedures may last 25-45 minutes. However, the surgical duration may vary depending on factors such as the type of technique used during the procedure, the type of anesthesia given to the patient, the area affected by deep vein thrombosis, etc.

      Is deep vein thrombosis surgery painful?

      No. Deep vein thrombosis surgery performed with the latest medical technology is minimally invasive and performed under the influence of anesthesia, which makes the treatment painless.

       

      Can deep vein thrombosis get treated through medication?

      Some mild cases of deep vein thrombosis can be treated through medications and lifestyle modifications. However, if the condition of deep vein thrombosis is severe, it is always a better option not to delay the proper treatment to get faster relief.

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      Types of Surgeries for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

      Inferior vena cava (IVC) Filter

      This is a metallic device that is placed inside the inferior vena cava that runs through the abdomen. IVC filters help in reducing the risk of pulmonary embolism by trapping blood clots and preventing them from reaching the lungs. During the procedure, an incision is made around the abdomen and a catheter is inserted into the vein which is guided by an X-ray. The filter is then placed over the blood clot inside the vein and gradually, it attaches itself to the walls of the vein. This method of treatment is usually prescribed if you are unable to take medicines to thin your blood.

      Catheter-directed thrombolysis

      This is a minimally invasive procedure that dissolves the abnormal blood clots present in the blood vessels to help improve blood flow and prevent any further damage to the tissues and organs. Catheter-directed thrombolysis uses a catheter, guided by X-ray imaging that helps in applying the medical device to the site of a blood clot in order to dissolve the blockage.

      Percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy/Angioplasty

      This is considered very safe and effective for treating a condition of acute iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis. A percutaneous thrombectomy is combined with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty which includes the insertion of a catheter attached to a small inflatable balloon through a tiny incision around the site of the clot. Once the balloon is inserted, it is inflated and slowly pulled back outside, entirely removing the clot within the vein.

      Open thrombectomy

      Also known as venous thrombectomy, this is a procedure that involves surgical removal of the blood clot present inside an artery or a vein. During this procedure, the surgeon makes cuts or incisions in the blood vessels around the blood clot. Once the blood clot is identified, the surgeon removes the blood clot before repairing the blood vessels and the tissues.

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