Interventional Radiology

Chronic DVT


Patients with chronic DVT experience leg swelling, pain and often skin discoloration of the leg below the knee. These patients typically wear compression stockings in order to help with these symptoms. These symptoms are related to the vein being blocked and not allowing blood flow out of the leg.

At Stanford we have a variety of new techniques to re-open veins that have been blocked for years. We have opened up veins that have been blocked for 25 years, with significant improvement in the patients' symptoms. We place a metal stent into these blocked veins to keep the vein open. The stent is similar to those put in the heart, except the stents we use in veins are much larger. This is typically an outpatient procedure and the patient is discharged the same day, able to walk, with just a Band-Aid where we entered the vein.

Of particular interest to our faculty are blood clots that occurred while on oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills or while pregnant. We have developed an effective method to treat these women, and get them back to their active lifestyle.

Who is at risk to develop DVT? Patients with; cancer, taking hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills), pregnant, recent surgery, immobilization, family history of blood clots.

Patient Education Series: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Stanford Interventional Radiology: A Definitive Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

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