Venous conditions, such as post-thrombotic syndrome, can result in serious health issues for the person they affect. People who have suffered from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are 40 percent more likely to develop post-thrombotic syndrome. At Vein and Body Specialists, our team of board-certified radiologists help people who are at risk for or experiencing post-thrombotic syndrome. If you live in Bellevue, Sandusky, Fremont or Norwalk, Ohio, call us today.
What Is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)?
Post-thrombotic syndrome, or PTS, is a condition that affects up to 40 percent of patients who have had deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a person who has had DVT continues to experience symptoms of blood clots, it is called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).
In DVT, blood clots can form deep in the veins, resulting in inflammation and damaged valves. Damaged valves can cause a buildup of pressure and accumulation of fluids in the lower leg, without the valves working properly to prevent blood from flowing in reverse to the lower leg instead of back to the heart against gravity. This pressure and fluid buildup can result in swelling, discomfort, and ulcers (open areas).
What Are The Symptoms Of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?
Symptoms of PTS are often long-lasting and require medical treatment to see long-term alleviation. These symptoms include:
- Leg swelling
- Leg pain
- Leg heaviness
- Dry skin
- Discoloration in the leg or foot
- Skin ulcers (open areas)
- Difficulty standing for long periods of time
- Very large and painful varicose veins
Who Is At Risk For Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?
While some people who have had DVT are at risk for PTS, some factors can increase the likelihood of this condition developing. Risk factors include:
- Have had blood clots multiple times in the same leg
- >65 years of age
- Extensive blood clots seen with ultrasound after being treated for several months or years with blood thinning medications
- Difficulty keeping blood thinner levels stable throughout treatment for a deep vein blood clot
What Is Treatment For Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?
Surgically, there is no possible way to repair deep, damaged valves. Instead, our specialists provide treatment to alleviate the symptoms associated with PTS. Based on your list of symptoms, history of clotting and current venous diseases, our team will develop a personalized treatment plan. Our effective vein treatments can include:
- Compression stockings
- Weight loss
- Ulcer (open area) treatment with Unna Boot wrap and compression bandage
- Lifestyle accommodations including early retirement from job requiring prolonged standing and sitting
Post-thrombotic syndrome can be a painful condition to live with for years. To help manage symptoms, visit Vein and Body Specialists located in Bellevue and serving Sandusky, Fremont, Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Ohio. You can trust our team of board-certified radiologists and staff members to find a treatment plan that gives you some relief. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.