Treatment for DVT, Varicose Veins and Leg Pain

DVT Treatment

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis is an image-guided procedure in which a clot-busting drug is injected directly into a blood clot through a small tube inserted into a vein in the leg. When blood does not flow smoothly through arteries and veins, it can begin to thicken and form a clot that may lodge in a vein, typically in the leg, is known as DVT – Deep Vein Thrombosis. If all or part of the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs or an extremity, a Pulmonary Embolism or other potentially serious issue can occur. The procedure quickly breaks up a clot, prevents damage to tissues and organs and improves blood flow.

Conditions Treated

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Am I a Candidate for DVT Treatment?

If you have blood clots causing pain and swelling or a history of clots, are at risk for pulmonary embolism, or have a blood clot in your arm rather than your leg, your doctor may recommend this procedure.

How Does Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis Work?

Using imaging guidance, an Interventional Radiologist will insert a catheter into a vein in the leg and threads the catheter through the vein to the location of the clot. The tip of the catheter is placed into the clot and a “clot busting” medication is injected directly into the clot. Typically within 24 – 48 hours, the clot will dissolve, though it may take up to a few days. If there is any damage to the artery or vein as a result of the clot or narrowing due to atherosclerosis, can be treated during the procedure with balloon angioplasty or with a stent.

After the Procedure

One of our Interventional Radiologists will interpret your results and advise you whether the procedure was a success. During a follow-up visit, your physician may discuss any additional treatment you may need or if you experience any side effects of the procedure.

Additional Resources

Less Recovery Time Less Risk Less Pain Better Results

You’ve Been Diagnosed. What’s Next?

Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to determine if an interventional radiology procedure is the right option for you.

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