What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood disorder that results from the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) inside a deep vein of the leg. DVT is commonly located in the calf or thigh. DVT occurs when the blood clot either partially or completely blocks the flow of blood in the vein. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and discoloration. This often happens after trauma or surgery, especially orthopedic surgery.
DVT is one part of venous thromboembolism (VTE). The other part of VTE is the leading cause of preventable hospital death in the United States, Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A PE occurs when a portion of the blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs, which can lead to death.
Approximately 2,000,000 DVT cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, and DVT is the third leading cardiovascular disease behind heart attack and stroke. The U.S. spends an estimated $1.2 to $2.4 billion a year to treat DVT. Patients with DVT are treated with anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners) in most cases. While blood thinners are effective in reducing the risk of a fatal pulmonary embolism and growth of the blood clot, the underlying blood clot may remain, which could lead to the development of a condition called “post thrombotic syndrome” or PTS. PTS significantly impairs quality of life, causing lifelong pain, swelling, discoloration, and lack of function of the affected extremity.
DVT: Common Symptoms
Common symptoms of DVT include:
- Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, which may occur only while standing or walking
- Swelling in one or both legs
- Warmth in the skin of the affected leg
- Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
- Visible surface veins
- Leg fatigue
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment
NYC Surgical Associates treats DVT with the Trellis procedure – a groundbreaking treatment that our surgeons specialize in. The procedure uses mechanical forces and “clot busting” medication to remove deep vein clots that previously could not be reached without a major procedure.
DVT Trillis Procedure Animation
The Trellis procedure is used in a select group of patients to remove life-threatening deep vein clots that would otherwise be treated with less effective and more invasive techniques, which often require long periods of blood thinning medication.
Using X-Ray guidance, doctors place the Trellis catheter through the clot. Next, we inflate balloons on either side of the clot to localize treatment. We then deliver clot busting medication through the catheter in the affected vessel and the catheter spins, mixing the “clot busting” drug into the blood clot. After about 10 minutes, our doctors may aspirate the drug and the dissolved portion of the deep vein clot through the Trellis catheter. From there, a repeat X-Ray study is done to ensure full success of treatment prior to removal of the catheter.
DVT Treatment Cost New York & New Jersey
NYC Surgical Associates is committed to helping our patients receive the best care possible. That journey always begins with a medical consultation.
No two patients are exactly alike, so consultations enable our doctors to better understand each patient’s unique DVT case, and determine the best treatment.
Prior to booking a DVT consultation with our surgical practice, our team will collect your insurance information to determine if our providers accept your specific insurance plan.
If we do not accept your medical insurance, we will inform you of any out of pocket costs associated with a DVT consultation and help you weigh your options. Either way, a doctor must see you before we can tell you what treatment for your condition will entail, from both a medical and cost standpoint.
For more information about deep vein thrombosis, the Trellis procedure, or our surgeons, please contact NYC Surgical Associates, today.