Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Causes and Symptoms
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot (thrombus) forming in your body due to injury or faulty blood flow. Although more common in the lower leg, thigh, and pelvis, it may occur in other body parts, such as your arm, abdomen, or kidney. If left unmanaged, blood clots may have the potential to break free and travel to your lungs. This condition is called pulmonary embolism, causing permanent damage to your organs due to a lack of oxygen.
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Who is at Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis
Individuals 40 and older are more at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis in Singapore. Although it may occur in younger populations, advanced age leads to hypercoagulability or the tendency to form blood clots due to the elevation of plasma coagulation factors VII, FVIII, and FXIII.
Other Risk Factors of Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Lack of movement (e.g. sitting for a long time, travelling, long-term bed rest)
- Family History
- Injury or Surgery
- Oral Contraceptives
- Heart Failure
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment: Percutaneous Suction Thrombectomy
Percutaneous Suction Thrombectomy is a minimally-invasive surgery that uses a Penumbra Lightning CAT 7 medical device to remove blood clots in the lower leg veins. It has a flexible catheter with a large bore and a distal tip to navigate the intricate, deep venous vasculature. This catheter-based system is designed to restore blood flow and minimise damage due to extensive clots. With good success rates, this procedure is considered safe and effective for treating deep vein thrombosis that does not dissolve using blood thinners or for extensive clots in the leg and arm.
What to Expect During Suction Thrombectomy
Surgery may last an hour or more, depending on the location and extent of the blood clot. Our vascular specialists will inform and guide you through the steps before conducting the procedure.
Suction Thrombectomy Procedure
It is important to note that suction thrombectomy is a specialised procedure by vascular surgeons. It is unsuitable for all patients and should be discussed with a specialist to determine if your condition fits the criteria and explore other suitable DVT treatment options.
Our senior vascular and general surgeons, Dr Tang and Dr Wong, offer quality and individualised vascular care for each patient to support their journey towards optimal vascular health.
5 Benefits of Suction Thrombectomy
The advantages of suction thrombectomy extend beyond clot removal. This minimally invasive procedure enables individuals to regain mobility sooner and resume daily activities with minimal disruption.
Why Start a Proactive Approach to Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment
Managing deep vein thrombosis prevents clots from growing larger and minimises life-threatening complications. Individuals who receive vascular care early preserve their vascular health, avoid long-term issues, and achieve optimal wellness.
Other conservative lifestyle recommendations may improve the condition before opting for surgical interventions. Consult our specialists for personalised deep vein thrombosis treatment and management plans.
Step into Vascular Wellness: Harness Informed Health Choices at The Vascular and Endovascular Clinic
Understanding DVT symptoms and diagnosis, recognising risk factors, and seeking timely intervention are crucial towards vitality and wellness. As a result, our trained and experienced surgeons dedicate time to equip patients with proper knowledge about their conditions and custom-tailored treatment plans to support them in making the right health choices. Our team is committed to providing evidence-based treatments for patients suffering from deep vein thrombosis in Singapore in a friendly, warm clinic where your concerns are heard and respected.
Vascular health begins with informed choices. Make a conscious effort to empower yourself, and consult our vascular specialists today.