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how best to treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

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Dr. Ted King
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Blood thinners: It depends, to some extent, on where the clot is. It is possible to have a deep vein thrombosis that is so far down the leg, is so small, and is in such a small vein that we might treat it with anti-inflammatory medicines and compression stockings. If the clot is in a larger vein and is bigger, then we treat those with blood thinners for a minimum of 3 months and use compression stockings too.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
Vascular Surgery 25 years experience
Anticoagulation : Tibial vein DVT has been a controversial subject. Current recommendations call for systemic anticoagulation for 3 months (often started with Lovenox (enoxaparin) and bridged onto coumadin). At three months a repeat ultrasound is done to determine if another 3 months would be appropriate due to persistent clot. Don't forget the compression stockings to avoid post phlebitis syndrome.
Dr. Norman Chideckel
Vascular Surgery 42 years experience
Dvt: Dvt is treated with abnticoagulation therapy as a prevention of pulmonary embolism
Dr. Kevin Taubman
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
Broad topic: Anticoagulation still the baseline therapy for an acute DVT. In recent years, we have been more aggressive in selected cases to intervene with pharmacomechanical treatments (e.g. ANGIOJET and t-PA) to achieve more rapid clearance and preserve valve function. This is with the intent to reduce the incidence of post-phlebtic syndrome. Duration of anticoagulation depends on many factors.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

I will be sleeping on a plane for 6 hours. How can I prevent deep vein thrombosis?

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Ask your doctor: If you are traveling a long distance by plane or car, consult your doctor before leaving to if you are at risk for blood clots and may be a candidate preventive medications. As your risks may not always be obvious, you may wear loose fitting clothes, use support hose, stand and walk when you are able . Flexing and extending you feet will also help the leg circulation.
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Flexing and extending your feet is especially helpful if you can do it against resistance.
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