Deep vein thrombosis—or DVT—is a serious condition in which a blood clot forms deep in a leg vein. It most often occurs in people who have just had surgery, and also can affect those who are healthy but have been immobile for a period of time—such as passengers on long airline flights. The clot often forms in a pelvic, thigh or calf vein that returns blood to the heart and lungs. This causes leg pain and swelling. If the clot travels to the lungs, it can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, also known as PE. The Interventional Institute at Holy Name Medical Center offers options to treat DVT and PE quickly and effectively without major surgery.
DVT and PE symptoms include:
Advantages of catheter-directed thrombolysis for DVT and PE:
- Discoloration or redness of the affected area
- Skin that is warm to the touch
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Minimally invasive treatment for DVT and PE
- Less time in the hospital
- Less trauma—only a tiny puncture into the vein
- Faster recovery
- May be lifesaving
Most patients require a procedure to break up the clot and restore normal blood flow. Holy Name Medical Center's interventional radiologists perform a minimally invasive procedure called catheter-directed thrombolysis. This simple yet potentially lifesaving procedure is performed under imaging guidance by making a small puncture in the vein and threading a thin catheter directly to the site of the clot. Medication delivered through the catheter works quickly to dissolve the clot—often within one to two days. The Interventional Institute's minimally invasive approach produces optimal results, allowing patients to avoid the discomfort, prolonged recovery and possible complications associated with open surgery.
To make an appointment, call the Interventional Institute at Holy Name Medical Center:
- Phone: 201-833-7268
- Fax: 201-643-3077