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Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

The Vein Care Center is a leading vascular care provider serving Lima and Celina, OH, as well as the greater Auglaize County area. Our patients rely on us for individualized care and a holistic approach that addresses all of their vascular care needs. We are the fourth practice and third private practice in the state of Ohio to be accredited as a Vein Center. These accreditations provide assurance for our patients that the care they receive meets the highest professional standards for vascular treatment. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

What Is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?

Although most patients who have had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) recover fully, as many as 40 percent of patients will develop post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), a condition characterized by ongoing symptoms of blood clots or DVT.

Blood clots in the deep veins can cause inflammation and damage the valves, which leads to the blood leaking or flowing back toward the foot. The buildup and pressure and accumulation of fluid may cause swelling and, eventually, skin ulcers.

What Are the Risk Factors for Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?

Some patients are more likely to develop PTS than others. You are at higher risk of developing post-thrombotic syndrome if you:

  • Are older than 65
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have had deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Have had more than a single blood clot in the same leg more than once
  • Have symptoms of a blood clot a month after diagnosis
  • Have difficulty with keeping blood thinner levels stable during the initial three months of treatment

What Are the Symptoms of Post Thrombotic Syndrome?

The symptoms of PTS can last for months or years. Unfortunately, for some, they can be lifelong. Symptoms may include:

  • Leg pain
  • Swelling
  • Cramping
  • Heaviness
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Changes in pigmentation on the leg or foot
  • Ulcers
  • Difficulty standing or extended periods
  • Difficulty walking/pain from walking

What Is the Treatment for Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?

Unfortunately, there is no way to safely and effectively replace or repair damaged deep vein valves surgically. There are, however, a variety of treatments available for patients diagnosed with PTS that may help alleviate the symptoms. Dr. Aggarwal has years of experience treating vein disease and will provide you with a comprehensive care plan to help you manage your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Elevating your legs
  • Compression stockings, which will help with pain and swelling and improve circulation
  • Medication for pain, if needed
  • Exercise, walking when possible. If unable to walk, we will teach other methods of exercise that can be done while sitting or lying down
  • Ulcer care, including bandages and/or medication

Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MHSA, MD, is a board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician specializing in vein disease who has been providing exceptional care for patients with vein disease for more than five years. Dr. Aggarwal is the medical director of our IAC Accredited Ultrasound Laboratory. She’s also a Preceptor for the American College of Phlebology and Preceptor for the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. The Vein Care Center was the fourth practice and third private office in Ohio to be accredited as a Vein Center. The Vein Care Center provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures in a compassionate environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

The information about post-thrombotic syndrome was reviewed by Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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