The majority of patients that are diagnosed with DVT are treated with blood thinners, anticoagulants, and compression stockings to try to encourage the body to naturally remove the DVT. Prescribing anticoagulants and blood thinners alone prevents the clot from moving to your heart or lungs or growing larger in size but does not guarantee that the clot will disappear or diminish in size overtime or that your symptoms will go away. In addition to anticoagulation therapy, our Vascular Specialists can oftentimes remove a DVT with a simple, minimally invasive catheter procedure called a Thrombectomy. Our doctors will use a device that acts like a vacuum to disrupt the clot and quickly remove the blockage from your vein, immediately restoring flow to your legs.

For many patients, a Thrombectomy offers immediate benefits, eliminates the need for a hospital stay, and reduces the pain and swelling.Removing your DVT also provides long-term benefits to your health and dramatically reduces your risk for developing Post-Thrombotic Syndrome. When your Vascular Specialist removes your DVT from your veins, you are much less at risk for contracting chronic complications that affect your quality of life.

IVC Filter Placement and Removal

Blood clots that develop in the veins of the leg or pelvis, a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), occasionally break up travel to the lungs— called an embolism. An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a small cone-shaped device that is implanted in the inferior vena cava just below the kidneys. An IVC filter traps large clot fragments and prevents them from traveling through the vena cava vein to the heart and lungs, where they could cause severe complications or even death. IVC filters are placed in patients who have a history of recurring DVTs or who are at high embolism risk as an additional “safety net.”

Our physicians use IVC filters in patients who cannot be successfully treated by other methods, including blood thinning agents and/or thrombectomy or thrombolysis to remove the presence of the clot. Our physicians use state-of-the-art retrievable filters to give patients the flexibility of leaving the filter in place permanently or removing it from the vena cava after eliminating the risk of embolism.

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Provas of Salt Lake City and of Ogden offer an unparalleled level of experience and expertise within a conveniently located, state-of-the-art facility. If you have a strong family history of vascular disease or believe you may be experiencing symptoms, it is important to see a physician. Seeking out a diagnosis is the important first step. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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