Deep venous pharmacomechanical thrombosis is used to treat and remove clots that have formed in deep varicose veins. The procedure is used to address concerns about blood clots breaking away and moving to the lungs, heart, or brain. It is not a treatment for varicose veins per se, however it addresses one of the most serious health risks associated with extensive deep varicose veins.
Deep Venous Pharmacomechanical Thrombosis: An Overview
How It Works: This treatment works by breaking up and dissolving blood clots that have formed inside of deep varicose veins. A tiny catheter is inserted into the vein and used to mechanically break apart the clot. A solution used for dissolving clots is also administered through the catheter.
What It Treats: This treatment is used for individuals who are experiencing the formation of blood clots within deep veins. It does not cure or address varicose veins but can prevent strokes and other serious problems that result from clots associated with the most serious varicose veins and other chronic vein diseases.
Pros: Reduces the risk of serious injury from internal blood clots being dislodged and traveling throughout the body. Requires only minimal amounts of clot dissolving agents, due to the added power of the clot dissolving tool.
Alternatives: Similar procedures using different agents and methods of clot destruction are available. Consult a vascular surgeon to learn which type is best for you.
Type of Procedure: Surgical, outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia.
Recovery Process: Individuals are usually back to normal activities within a relatively short period of time. Compression stockings may be prescribed. Results: Outcomes of the procedure are favorable.
Side Effects: Risks include infection, bleeding, and vascular injury, however these are rare.
Cost/Insurance: Consult your health care practitioner and insurance provider to verify cost and coverage of any vein treatments.
Consult Your Doctor: You should bring any documents necessary to give your doctor an accurate medical history, including recent illnesses and any allergies that you have. Make a list of the medications and supplements that you are currently taking as well as the symptoms that you are feeling. Write down any questions that you have ahead of time and bring them with you. Make sure you understand your doctor’s answers.