Deep Vein Thrombosis refers to a blood clot usually within the deeper veins of the leg. This is a serious condition because of the possibility of the blood clot becoming dislodged and travelling to other parts of the body. Some of the signs include, leg pain, swelling, an unusual sensation of warmth, skin discoloration, pain or discomfort when the foot is bent.
Treatments for DVT can include medication aimed at dissolving the clot, compression stockings and lifestyle changes to diet and exercise aimed at reducing the likelihood of additional clots forming.
Surgical options include Thrombolysis where special compounds are injected into the vein by use of a catheter with the purpose of dissolving the clot.
In some cases physical removal of the clot is needed by a surgical procedure called Open thrombectomy.