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What treatment options are there for a 2-year-old blood clot in the femoral and popliteal veins?
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
This depends in your symptoms.
Compression therapy helps with swelling, pain and even ulceration. This can be in the form of stockings or bandages. There are other options but you should see a vascular surgeon.

In brief: Depends
This depends in your symptoms.
Compression therapy helps with swelling, pain and even ulceration. This can be in the form of stockings or bandages. There are other options but you should see a vascular surgeon.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Too Late to Treat
It is too late to treat those clots.
The most important thing you can do is prevent new clots. This would include blood thinners if your physician feels they are needed. I would recommend to wear graduated compression stockings anytime you fly or travel long distances. Graduated compression stockings can help prevent post-thrombotic syndrome which is blood going the wrong way in the deep veins.

In brief: Too Late to Treat
It is too late to treat those clots.
The most important thing you can do is prevent new clots. This would include blood thinners if your physician feels they are needed. I would recommend to wear graduated compression stockings anytime you fly or travel long distances. Graduated compression stockings can help prevent post-thrombotic syndrome which is blood going the wrong way in the deep veins.
Dr. Lornell Hansen
Dr. Lornell Hansen
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Lots of clots
It sounds as if you're describing "deep venous thromboses (dvt)".
Unfortunately, treatment at 2 years is typically aimed at management of clot progression or embolization (travel). Blood thinners are typically used long term, sometimes "filters" are used additionally to prevent travel and rarely is surgical extraction performed. Dissolving a clot (thrombolysis) is usually done only emergently.

In brief: Lots of clots
It sounds as if you're describing "deep venous thromboses (dvt)".
Unfortunately, treatment at 2 years is typically aimed at management of clot progression or embolization (travel). Blood thinners are typically used long term, sometimes "filters" are used additionally to prevent travel and rarely is surgical extraction performed. Dissolving a clot (thrombolysis) is usually done only emergently.
Dr. Joseph De santi
Dr. Joseph De santi
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Too old
For treatment.

In brief: Too old
For treatment.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Alan Koslow
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Support stockings,
First question is do you have hypercoagulable state.
If not then just support stockings for ever. They sign. Reduce risk of post phlebitic syndrome which creeps up on you slowly and by the time you know you have it you're screwed. So wear 30-40 thigh high support stockings when awake for life.

In brief: Support stockings,
First question is do you have hypercoagulable state.
If not then just support stockings for ever. They sign. Reduce risk of post phlebitic syndrome which creeps up on you slowly and by the time you know you have it you're screwed. So wear 30-40 thigh high support stockings when awake for life.
Dr. Alan Koslow
Dr. Alan Koslow
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
In brief: Many answers
As many have have, it is probably too late to treat the clot but you might not have to.
The first thing to know is whether the clot is still there. Even if the clot is still partialy present, you may have developed enough venous bypass routes that the clot isn't blocking flow any more. Getting an ultrasound is important. I agree that you need to be in 30-40 mm hg compression stockings for life.

In brief: Many answers
As many have have, it is probably too late to treat the clot but you might not have to.
The first thing to know is whether the clot is still there. Even if the clot is still partialy present, you may have developed enough venous bypass routes that the clot isn't blocking flow any more. Getting an ultrasound is important. I agree that you need to be in 30-40 mm hg compression stockings for life.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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