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Deep Vein Thrombosis - Dvt: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

There is a presence of both deep and superficial veins in the extremities (arms and legs) and in the limbs. A blood clot in the veins is a serious concern as it may lead to life impediments. This is known as deep vein thrombosis. It is a big complication when a thrombus (blood clot) in the deep vein of the leg becomes severed or travels into the pulmonary arteries through the blood stream and the heart. This condition is called pulmonary embolism which can be fatal. Risk factors leading to blood clot formation include occurrence of adjacent tissue, injury to veins or immobility. Symptoms include pain, warmth, redness, swelling and tenderness.

The diagnosis of the condition is carried out through blood tests and then confirmed via imaging tests or an ultrasound. Blood thinning medications like anticoagulants is recommended unless the patient is unable to take them (contraindicated). An inferior vena cava filter is considered in that case. Anticoagulation is known to prevent further growth of blood clots and the embolus from traveling to the lungs. The different type of anticoagulant medications to treat deep vein thrombosis includes unfractionated heparin, warfarin and directoral anticoagulatants (DOACs). For superficial blood clots warm compresses, leg compression and anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen are recommended.

How is the treatment done?

Anticoagulants, or blood thinners, are the most common form of treating deep vein thrombosis. These drugs can either be injected or taken in the form of pills which ultimately decreases the blood clotting ability. The injectable medications are given through the intravenous (injection into the arm vein) way or as a shot under the skin. Blood thinners such as enoxaparin (Lovenox), fondaparinux (Arixtra) or dalteparin (Fragmin) are typically injected under the skin while Heparin is given intravenously. It usually has a short life of 60-90 minutes and that is why the anticoagulant effect of heparin will likely be eliminated 3-4 hours after the intravenous administration is finished. For immediate results through heparin, protamine sulphate will be administered at a dosage of 1 mg for every 100 units. You may also receive a blood thinner for a week, after which warfarin or dabigatran pills are started. Once warfarin has successfully thinned your blood, the injectable blood thinners are subdued.

Patients receiving anti-coagulant medications that have developed recurrent blood clots or cannot take blood thinners are recommended a surgery, which is a rare case for the treatment of large deep vein thrombosis. The surgery is usually associated with the placement of IVC (inferior vena cava) filter in order to prevent clots from lung embolization. In case you have a pulmonary embolism or a serious deep vein thrombosis or if the current medications are not working, you will receve a recommendation from your doctor to drugs which break up clots easily. These drugs are known as thrombolytics or clot busters. A catheter is directly placed into the clot or an IV line is used to break it up. This is how the drugs are given to the patient.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

A person who has had a stroke is eligible to receive the treatment. Also, women who aren’t expecting are eligible for the treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Children and pregnant women are precluded from receiving the treatment. Also, people with underlying manifestations of an untreated disease may receive other treatments which will clash and prove contradictory to deep vein thrombosis treatment. In that case it is advisable to not go for a surgery or medications related to DVT.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects of the treatment include the risk of bleeding in the brain, major trauma due to recent significant surgery, clot formation, skin colour changes, ulcer formation, chest pain, swelling, and shortness of breath.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Moderate exercise including swimming and walking is recommended by the doctor. A return to the normal exercise routine entirely depends on your physical condition before the clotting took place, the location of it and the severity of the condition. A healthy, low-fat, nutritional and balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and fibre is extremely good for a patient’s general health. In case you are on medications for deep vein thrombosis, avoiding or limiting the amount of alcohol is necessary. Keep checking with your doctor to have assurance regarding your joint condition. Do not read books and articles, or take advices on diets that usually claim to cure deep vein thrombosis. Most people don’t benefit from these different and confusing recommendations. An unusual diet will cause more harm than good. Counseling sessions with your doctor may also help you to a great extent.

How long does it take to recover?

The anticoagulant intake may last for about 3 months. In case you are taking it after surgery, you need it not for a very long time. It should just last for two weeks. The length of time is generally based on the location of the blood clot, patient’s health, and the risk of pulmonary embolism.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The price of treatment ranges from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,75,000.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

It is a known fact that the majority of patients have not gone through reoccurrence. However, the risk still persists. The degree of risk depends upon a lot many factors. These include underlying medical conditions, clot, and number of previous clots.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The alternative treatment method for deep vein thrombosis is ginger, which is an excellent healing spice and plays a significant role as a cure. Secondly, food items like walnuts, olive oil, bell peppers and spinach, rich in vitamin E, are beneficial. In addition, garlic clove is a known ingredient to promote blood circulation and is also one of the treatment options.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have a blood clot in my leg I had a surgery and they give me fondaparinux sodium injection for good but I got a lot of side effects is there anything to replace this medicine?

MS - General Surgery, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Surgeon, Varanasi
You can switch over to warfarin. But get a regular INR checked. This should help you. Kindly make a personal consultation to me regarding specific medication.

क्रोनिक पल्मोनरी एम्बोलिज्म एवं डीप वेन थ्रोम्बोसिस ठीक होने में कितना समय लगता है। मैं dabigatran 110 mg with homochek 1 साल से खा रहा हूँ।

MBBS, DNB - Peripheral Vascular Surgery, DNB - General Surgery, MNAMS
Vascular Surgeon, Nashik
Hi if you able to find any cause for thrombosis. U can stop that. And need to evaluate any blood clotting disorder you that case plan will change. It better to consult vascular surgeon their can be difficult scenarios where you might stop ...

Hello sir please help am suffering from dvt last 6 year am just age of 26 I have my knee ligament break but is work properly but dvt is only recover 80% in start I use injection than after aspirin now days am using deplatt a75 and using stroking now days doctor suggest me daflon 1000 mg tell me what can I do.

MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
Hello dear Lybrate user, Warm welcome to I have evaluated your query thoroughly. Have to continue medicines as per the INR control and guidance of treating physician sir. Hope this clears your query. Wishing you fine recovery.
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Hi Sir, I am having a blood clots in left leg below knee and also having swelling and severe pains. Please help me to cure it asap.

Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Start with anti inflammatory medications for 5 days after food, along with ice packs application twice daily and rest, ultrasonic therapy for a week time will be alright.

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