What are Deep Venous Disorders?
Some common disorders, or diseases, of the deep venous system that we treat at VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown include deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, chronic complications from IVC filters, May-Thurner Syndrome, and pelvic congestion syndrome.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT) develops when blood thickens and becomes solid forming a clot, typically in the legs. The CDC estimates that as many as 900,000 people in the United States may be affected by it each year.
A blood clot (which could result from a DVT or something else) is solidified or gel-like blood, and can be dangerous and even life-threatening if it makes its way to your heart and lungs.
Blood clots require immediate medical attention, if one is suspected.
May-Thurner Syndrome and pelvic congestion syndrome both occur in the pelvis or lower abdomen area when arteries and veins tangle, overlap, and painfully compress each other or become enlarged like varicose veins.
What causes Deep Venous Disorders?
Deep venous disorders can arise when you experience poor circulation over time and blood flow slows throughout the body.
DVT is brought on by prolonged inactivity (such as a long airplane flight), damage to a vein from an injury or medical treatment (typically involving a catheter), cancer, genetic conditions, and certain medications or hormones.
Blood clots can form at anytime, anywhere in the body as the result of an injury, family history of blood clots, a reaction to some medications such as birth control pills, or a number of other conditions that put excess stress on the body, including pregnancy and obesity.
May-Thurner Syndrome and pelvic congestion syndrome are more commonly diagnosed in women and typically affect those who have experienced multiple childbirths.
What are symptoms of Deep Venous Disorders?
DVT and blood clots are similar in that unfortunately, there often are no symptoms. The most dangerous blood clots are often symptom-free and swift in progression. Shortness of breath, chest pressure, trouble speaking, swelling, pain or redness along a vein though could all be indicators.
If you ever suspect a blood clot, seek medical help immediately.
Those suffering from May-Thurner Syndrome or Pelvic Congestion Syndrome might experience chronic pain or swelling in the lower abdomen, backaches, or frequent difficulty with urination or bowel movements.
How are Deep Venous Disorders treated?
There are several safe and effective treatment options that we provide patients at VeinSolutions to help address and prevent serious blood clots associated with these deep venous disorders.
Prescription blood thinners are most commonly used to treat DVT. Blood thinners are anticoagulant medications that prevent blood clots from getting larger by decreasing the blood’s ability to thicken and clot. These can be administered via pill, injection or intravenously.
Additional treatments include surgical placement of inferior vena cava, or IVC filters at targeted spots in the body and stenting of the iliac veins and vena cava to prevent or catch potential clots from entering the lungs.
As the subject of blood clots and preventing them is a serious one, our board-certified vascular surgeons at VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown are here to help you better understand these conditions and what we can do to protect your health.