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Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot, or thrombus, in the deep vein of your leg. If the blood clot breaks loose, it can travel to your lungs. There, it can block blood flow, a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism (PE). We try to prevent PE by swiftly treating clots.

Because DVT is linked to pulmonary embolism, it is very important to seek treatment. If medication does not eliminate the blood clot, there are surgical procedures that can help. 

What you should know about deep vein thrombosis:

  • DVT can happen if you do not move or stand for a long time, such as after surgery. Smoking and being overweight also puts you at higher risk. 
  • DVT symptoms include:
    •  Swelling in one or both legs (but usually in just the one with the clot) 
    • Pain, tenderness or cramping in your leg, often near your calf muscle
    • Red skin on your leg, which may feel warm to the touch 

Why choose Geisinger for your deep vein thrombosis care? 

  • Specialist care: Our vascular specialists are available 24/7. As the largest vascular medicine program in Pennsylvania, Geisinger treats all types of vascular disease, from routine to emergency. 
  • Experienced vascular team: All Geisinger vascular surgeons are board certified, which means they have passed a rigorous exam. Our vascular team works together to find the best treatment for each person we see, whether that means medical therapy or vascular surgery.
  • High-tech endovascular suites: Our hybrid treatment rooms are set up for people to have diagnostic testing, catheterization procedures and surgery in combination. This arrangement means you only need to undergo anesthesia one time, with a faster recovery. 

Treatment options

Our vascular surgeons try to catch DVT as quickly as possible, to provide medication and other treatments:

  • Vascular surgery : Vascular surgery treats various problems with blood vessels outside the heart.

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