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Deep Vein Thrombosis FAQs

Following are the common questions about Deep Vein Thrombosis:

  1. Can deep vein thrombosis lead to stroke?
  2. Is deep veins thrombosis dangerous?
  3. How long does deep vein thrombosis surgery last?
  4. Is deep vein thrombosis surgery painful?
  5. How can I recognize premature signs of deep vein thrombosis?
  6. Can I do exercise with deep vein thrombosis in the leg?
  7. Can varicose veins lead to deep vein thrombosis?
  8. How can I know if I have deep vein thrombosis?
  9. Can deep vein thrombosis get cured on its own?
  10. What is the most safest treatment for deep vein thrombosis?
  11. Can I travel with deep vein thrombosis?
  12. Who can be at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis?
  13. Can wearing compression stockings improve the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?
  14. Can deep vein thrombosis be acquired by blood clots during surgery?
  15. Can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?
  16. What should I do to reduce the risk of developing a thrombosis while traveling?
  17. Are there any recovery tips post deep vein thrombosis surgery ?

Q. Can deep vein thrombosis lead to stroke?

A. Yes, deep vein thrombosis may lead to stroke. If the blood clot disconnects from the walls of the veins and happens to restrict the blood circulation system, it can cause serious complications such as heart stroke.

Q. Is deep veins thrombosis dangerous?

A. Yes. Deep veins thrombosis can be dangerous if not taken care of on time. It is always suggested to consult the doctor if you experience any odd sign or symptom. In rare cases, the blood clots in the affected veins can go through the bloodstream and get stuck anywhere in the lungs. That can result in pulmonary embolism which is dangerous and at times can be life threatening.

Q. How long does deep vein thrombosis surgery last?

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

Q. Is deep vein thrombosis surgery painful?

A. No. Deep vein thrombosis surgery is conducted with the latest medical technology. The advanced procedures are minimally invasive and performed under the influence of anesthesia, which makes the treatment painless as compared to conventional methods. However, you may feel little distress post deep thrombosis surgery which can be managed through prescribed medication by your vascular doctor.

Q. How can I recognize premature signs of deep vein thrombosis?

A. If you are experiencing any of the following signs, consult with the vascular surgeon to get a thorough diagnosis along with the right treatment:

  • Bulging in the affected area
  • If the skin is getting warm in the affected region
  • Occurence of swelling anywhere in the body
  • Discomfort and pain while touching the affected part of the body
  • Discoloration around the affected area
  • Excessive cramping or throbbing
  • Burning sensation in the affected area

Q. Can I do exercise with deep vein thrombosis in the leg?

A. Doing exercise in deep vein thrombosis can be highly useful as it can improve the blood circulation in the body. However, experts always advise not to indulge in rigorous physical activities or exercises that exert pressure on the affected area.

Q. Can varicose veins lead to deep vein thrombosis?

A. People who have varicose veins are at more increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis as corresponded to others. If varicose veins are left untreated, the blood cells can clump together to cause blood clots, which may result in deep vein thrombosis.

Q. How can I know if I have deep vein thrombosis?

A. The standard symptoms associated with deep vein thrombosis include cramping, throbbing, swelling, redness, and heat in the affected area. It is highly advisable to contact an experienced vascular specialist if you notice any of these signs related to deep vein thrombosis for correct diagnosis and to get effective treatment.

Q. Can deep vein thrombosis get cured on its own?

A. In rare cases, tiny blood clots present in the veins can deteriorate and dissolve on their own. But, if there are blood clots that are larger or multiple in numbers, they usually do not go on their own and may need instantaneous medical advice. Therefore, consult a highly experienced vascular specialist for proper diagnosis along with the best-suited deep vein thrombosis treatment.

Q. What is the most safest treatment for deep vein thrombosis?

A. According to doctors, thrombectomy and laser procedures for deep vein thrombosis are advanced and performed with the latest medical technology. They are generally considered safe and more effective as compared to traditional methods for deep vein thrombosis treatment.

Q. Can I travel with deep vein thrombosis?

A. Travel that may require prolonged hours of continuous sitting or standing can escalate the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis and aggravate the condition. Therefore, if you have deep vein thrombosis and you need to travel, you must discuss it with your doctor and take appropriate precautions to minimize the complication of the condition.

Q. Who can be at higher risk for deep vein thrombosis?

A. Following are a few people who may be at more elevated risk for developing deep vein thrombosis:

  • Middle-aged to old aged people
  • Women who are pregnant women
  • People in professions that require sitting and standing for longer hours
  • Females taking birth control
  • People who smoke regularly

Q. Can wearing compression stockings improve the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

A. Yes, wearing compression stockings may aid in increasing the blood flow in the affected area and lower swelling and discomfort. Hence, wearing stockings can help in preventing the possible complications of deep vein thrombosis to some extent.

Q. Can deep vein thrombosis be acquired by blood clots during surgery?

A. Yes. A deep vein thrombosis can be acquired due to blood clots during surgery. As most surgeries are performed by using anesthesia, it can numb sensations in certain areas of the body or induce sleep. This lack of movement can lead to the formation of blood clots and can ultimately result in deep vein thrombosis.

Q. Can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

A. If spotted early, deep vein thrombosis can be prevented by following healthy practices such as refraining from smoking, breathing exercises to promote blood circulation, maintaining healthy body weight, drinking plenty of fluids, or wearing compression stockings regularly. However, deep vein thrombosis in severe cases can not be prevented and needs immediate medical attention.

Q. What should I do to reduce the risk of developing a thrombosis while traveling?

A. There are a few tips that may help you prevent deep vein thrombosis from developing and progressing:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated throughout the travel
  • Avoid consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid wearing tight or body hugging clothes
  • Try doing minimal exercises every hour like stretching and bending the legs to promote blood flow.
  • Stand up, stretch, and walk around whenever feasible.
  • Try not taking sleeping pills or other sedatives that may increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis
  • Always wear compression stockings while traveling in order to maintain a better blood flow in the affected area.

Q. Are there any recovery tips post deep vein thrombosis surgery ?

A. There are a few tips that may help you in faster and smooth recovery:

  • Take sound sleep and rest as much as you can.
  • Drink water adequately throughout the day to ensure your body stays hydrated.
  • Consume a healthy diet that is rich in fiber, proteins, and vitamins to enhance the healing process while eliminating the risk of constipation.
  • Refrain from indulging in rigorous exercises or strenuous activities that may strain the area affected by deep vein thrombosis.

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