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What to Expect in Thrombophlebitis Treatment

If you have a blood clot in your leg, you probably also suffer from thrombophlebitis: the inflammation of veins caused specifically by blood clots. Treatment for this condition is aimed at reducing both pain and swelling in the vein.

Because the severity of blood clots and inflammation can vary, so does thrombophlebitis treatment. Some patients will feel better within a few days of treatment that can be done at home, whereas others may require a trip to the emergency room.

Milder or ‘superficial’ thrombophlebitis may only last a week or two if you follow your vascular surgeon’s instructions. He may recommend that you apply heat to your leg for about twenty minutes twice daily. Wearing support hose can help alleviate swelling, as can keeping your leg elevated. For additional help with pain and swelling, you may be advised to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. Once your vascular surgeon approves light exercise, regular walking can help maintain circulation and prevent future thrombophlebitis.

If your thrombophlebitis is related to deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot formed in a vein deep in the body, it may be necessary to administer anticoagulants such as heparin and warfarin. Heparin acts immediately and must be given by a medical professional. Warafin is taken orally and is often used in long-term treatment for thrombophlebitis. Both medications work to dissolve blood clots.

Because blood clots hinder proper blood circulation, people that have them are at greater risk for infection. For this reason you may be given antibiotics to fight off any impending infections.

Surgery may be needed if your vascular surgeon suspects potential tissue damage. If this is the case, the vein will be stripped or a bypass of the vein will be conducted. Alternatively, a filter can be inserted permanently into the vein of the abdomen called ‘vena cava’ to prevent pulmonary embolus, or the traveling of clots from the legs to the lungs. This approach is especially beneficial for those who cannot tolerate blood thinners.

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