Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Varicose Veins
Veins are important structures which return blood from the legs and other regions back toward the heart. However, sometimes, the valves inside your veins become damaged as a result of venous disease. This affects how well the valves function, causing them to not close completely, which can lead to incorrect blood flow.
Deep Venous Thrombosis
Deep Venous Thrombosis (or DVTs) result from clot forming in a major vein. These clots carry the risk of dislodging from the vein and being carried to the lungs resulting in a potentially fatal problem called a pulmonary embolus (PE). Many of these clots can be treated with medications to thin the blood, but some require clot removal. Our surgeons can remove this clot when necessary using minimally invasive techniques by suctioning them out using catheters and wires inserted into the veins. In addition, they can also surgically retrieve the clot from these veins.
Varicose veins result from problems with the valves that line the vein walls. These problems can lead to backward pressure in the veins, causing smaller veins to engorge with blood and manifest as varicosities or grape-like protuberances of veins under the skin. Our team uses non-invasive ultrasound techniques to diagnose these problems, and can then initiate a treatment plan that starts with good compression therapy with tight socks to help alleviate the problem. In addition, our surgeons are capable of performing minimally invasive closures of these offending veins using laser or heat therapy. This procedure can be done in our state of the art Maimonides Vein Center, with the patient going home directly from the office immediately following the procedure. In addition, our surgeons can perform other procedures to alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins, including surgical vein stripping in the operating room and injections in the office.