South Bay Vascular is a leading treatment center for blood clots and DVTs. If you are diagnosed with DVT or have persistent pain or swelling in your leg, we have the experience and expertise to treat you quickly. We can help!
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If you suspect you may have a blood clot, it is very important to go to your regular doctor and get an ultrasound of your leg. If this test is “normal” but the swelling or pain persists, then you should go see a vascular surgeon, as more testing (such as CT scan or specialized ultrasound) may need to be done. This is quite important to do quickly, as some treatments only work if they are done within a week of the development of symptoms.
If you are diagnosed with a DVT, you should be treated with blood thinners immediately. The role of blood thinners is not to actually “dissolve” the clot in your leg, but rather to prevent it from traveling to your lung and causing a Pulmonary Embolus. The blood thinners also work to prevent the clot from becoming more extensive.
If this is your first blood clot, you should be treated for 6 weeks to 3 months with blood thinners depending on why the blood clot occurred. If there is not a clear reason for the blood clot, it is important to dig deeper and find the underlying cause.
If you or anyone you know suffers from long term non-healing ankle, foot or leg wounds,
call 408-376-3626 to schedule an appointment today at South Bay Vascular. Our physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of problems.
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