Post Thrombotic Syndrome
LA Vascular Specialists
Vascular Specialists located in Beverly Hills, CA & Encino, CA
Post thrombotic syndrome affects people with deep vein thrombosis –– a blockage or clot that prevents healthy circulation. Fortunately, with early intervention, you can reduce the risk of side effects and stay mobile. At LA Vascular Specialists with offices in Beverly Hills, Glendale, and Encino, California, Ramtin Massoudi, MD, and the team provide complete care for this syndrome. To make an appointment, call the nearest Los Angeles area office and speak with a team member or use the online booking feature today.
Post Thrombotic Syndrome
What is post thrombotic syndrome?
It is a chronic condition caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT causes clots to form deep inside the veins in your legs, affecting your circulatory system and cardiovascular health.
Without treatment, DVT progresses to post thrombotic syndrome. That increases your risk of significant complications, like chronic leg pain, foot ulcers, and lymphedema.
At LA Vascular Specialists, the team uses a combination of patient education and healthy lifestyle changes to improve circulation and relieve uncomfortable symptoms caused by this syndrome.
What are the symptoms of post thrombotic syndrome?
The symptoms of post thrombotic syndrome include:
- Aching leg pain
- Lymphedema (swelling)
- Heaviness in the legs
- Leg cramps
- Tingling or numbness
As the condition worsens, you might also experience ulcers or other slow-healing wounds on your legs and feet.
When should I see a vein specialist about post thrombotic syndrome?
Make an appointment with the team at LA Vascular Specialists if you experience leg pain, cramping, or swelling that lasts for more than a few days and doesn’t improve with rest or elevation. That’s especially true if you recently had DVT due to an infection or surgery. Your provider can pinpoint the underlying cause and make treatment recommendations.
How is post thrombotic syndrome diagnosed?
To diagnose this syndrome, your LA Vascular Specialists provider reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. They also order lab work, including blood tests and urinalysis, and assess your symptoms with something called the Villalta score.
The Villalta score rates the severity of your symptoms. A rating of 15 or higher indicates severe post thrombotic syndrome and requires treatment.
How is post thrombotic syndrome treated?
Treatment for post thrombotic syndrome depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily routine.
Usually, the team recommends a combination of prescription blood thinners or anti-clotting medications, regular exercise, and compression stockings. Exercise helps encourage healthy blood flow, while compression stockings reduce inflammation and swelling.
If you have ulcers or other slow-healing wounds, your provider can also administer wound care to reduce the risk of infection and gangrene.
To explore the treatment options for post thrombotic syndrome, make an appointment at LA Vascular Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.