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One Stop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Service at The VEC
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One Stop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Service at The VEC

by | May 26, 2023

The Vascular and Endovascular Clinic provides a “one-stop-shop” Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) service that includes same-day clinical assessment, investigations, i.e., blood tests and a venous Duplex ultrasound scan, and initiation of appropriate treatment, including blood thinning medicines, for all patients referred to our service with a potential DVT.

Our clinic is run by highly trained vascular surgeons, independent vascular sonographers, and caring front-of-house staff.

We accept referrals on weekdays from 8.30 am till 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 8:30 am till 12:30 pm. We are committed to providing timely and effective treatment to all our patients, and you may reach us at + 65 6252 7138 or WhatsApp us immediately at +65 9173 0272 for an appointment.

Benefits of using the One-stop DVT clinic
● Better Patient Experience and service satisfaction
● Less travel and time off work for our patients
● Better patient outcomes with a quicker time frame from referral to diagnosis
● Early treatment planning and action improves patients’ care and wellbeing
● Aids a multidisciplinary team approach to allow for discussion of the patient’s case between the consultant and diagnostic team and other clinicians involved within the clinic

How to Tell if You Have a DVT in your arm or leg?

When a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins in your arm or leg, way beneath your skin’s surface, it could be something called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is dangerous because the clot could travel to your lungs and be potentially life-threatening.

You’re more likely to get a DVT if you haven’t moved around for a long time, say after surgery or during a long plane trip. Get medical help right away if you notice any of these symptoms:

Swelling: This can happen in the exact spot where the blood clot forms or your entire leg or arm may swell up.
● Change in color: You might notice that your arm or leg takes on a red or bluish tinge or gets itchy.
Pain: As the clot gets worse, you may hurt or get sore. The feeling can range from a dull ache to intense pain. You may notice the pain throbs in your leg, belly, or even your arm, depending on the location and extent of the clot.
Warm skin: The skin around painful areas or in the arm or leg with the DVT may feel warmer than other parts of the body.
Trouble breathing: If this happens, it could mean that the clot has moved from your arm or leg to your lungs. You may also get a bad cough and might even cough up blood. You may get pain in your chest or feel dizzy.
Lower leg cramp: If the clot is in your calf or lower leg, you may feel like you have a cramp or heavy leg.
Pitting oedema: DVT can cause fluid build-up (oedema) in the arms or legs. It typically happens quite quickly with DVT. When you press on the swollen area, it can cause a dimple or “pit” (pitting) that remains for a few seconds.
Swollen, painful veins: The pain may increase with touching the inflamed veins on the surface of the skin.

Is a DVT life-threatening?

If the clot is large, it can stop blood from reaching the lungs and can be fatal. In addition, one-third to one-half of people who have a DVT will have long-term complications caused by the damage by the clot on the valves in the vein, called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Removal of a large burden of a clot in a timely manner can help reduce the risk of PTS and can now be done by keyhole/pinhole methods by trained vascular surgeons. There is usually minimal downtime, and you will be walking the day after the procedure!

If you experience symptoms of DVT, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. By consulting with a vascular surgeon, you can receive a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your condition.

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