Many people know very little about the condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), and few are fully aware of the possible threats that DVT poses. The experts at Novant Health Vein Specialists, a leading Winston-Salem vein clinic, are here to help increase your awareness of this potentially fatal condition. Dr. Phil Moore, a board-certified vascular surgeon specializing in the treatment of venous insufficiency, explains all you need to know in this exclusive interview.
What do the residents of Winston-Salem need to know about DVT?
DVT refers to blood clots, sometimes deep within the veins of the legs and usually unbeknownst to the patient. In most cases there are no symptoms, and this is why the condition is so dangerous: a blood clot can break free of its place in the leg and travel to the heart, lungs or brain and cause a fatal embolism. Some 300,000 people die of embolisms every year in the United States.
Patients who are overweight or obese are at greater risk of DVT, as are people who must stand or sit for extended periods of time. If you already have varicose veins, you could be at increased risk as well. Our reputable NC vein doctors have the technology to painlessly screen you for DVT as well as other venous health problems, and give you the added benefit of a team that is experienced and trained in the most up-to-date and proven treatments. Those treatments include sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatments, and microphlebectomy, all of which can be performed on an outpatient basis with no need to go to a hospital or deal with lengthy recovery times.
How will my doctor choose the right treatment for DVT?
When you arrive at our NC vein treatment center, a thorough medical and family history will be taken, and we will provide you with a professional medical evaluation of your legs. You will have a painless ultrasound screening, which will help Dr. Moore analyze the veins beneath the thick layers of skin. Through this process, underlying varicose veins and blood clots can be examined. Armed with that information, we can offer you a variety of potential treatments. If you have DVT, blood thinners might be an option, or perhaps minimally invasive surgical procedures to break up the clot. We will answer all your questions and work together with you to come up with the best treatment plan that restores the health of your legs, while ensuring you go through as little discomfort and downtime as possible.
To get started, just call us at 336-245-4890 or go online and set up that first appointment. With our state-of-the-art facilities and some of the top NC vascular doctors on our team, we are certain you’ll be delighted with the results.