Anticoagulation. Interesting question because just had a patient who developed phlebitis two-weeks after a knee fracture. Her internist and i had a long discussion of whether to anticoagulant or do but in the end, she was admitted and started on oral anti-coagulation medications. In general the starting treatment will be ant-coagulation.
Phlebitis? The first consideration in phlebitis(inflammed vein, superficial) is which vein and where. A duplex ultrasound is essential. Next, what is patient status, ambulatory, sedentary, postoperative? Conservatively, compression, walking, anti- imflammatory rx is prescribed. Bear in mind, a small percentage could have a silent deep vein clot as well. In some cases, anticoagulants are given.