There are many treatment options available to you at Michigan Vascular. Schedule a free consultation to see what options are best for you.
Blood thinners (anticoagulants): Medicines, called anticoagulants, reduce the risk of developing more blood clots and help prevent current blood clots from becoming larger. These medicines can be taken orally, by IV, or through injection.
Clot busters (thrombolytics): For more serious cases of DVT, or if other medications don’t work, clot busters can be administered through IV or a catheter placed into the clot. However, thrombolytics can cause serious bleeding and are reserved for severe blood clots.
Filters: In some cases, patients cannot take medicine. As an alternative, the doctor will place a filter into a large vein in the belly called the vena cava. The filter will prevent blood clots from moving into the lungs. However, doctors rarely recommend a vena cava filter.
Compression stockings: Compression socks, in general, improve blood circulation, prevent blood from pooling in the legs, and reduce swelling. Those who have DVT may need to wear them during the day for a few years.