Venous procedures are those involving the evaluation or treatment of conditions affecting the veins. At Novant Health Vascular Specialists, our vascular surgeons have years of experience diagnosing and treating venous conditions, and have the most advanced tools to help them.
Evaluation of venous disease
Venous disease is a broad term referring to all diseases and disorders that cause veins to become painful or to not function correctly. In a normal circulatory system, arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart, and veins return that blood to the heart after it passes through your body's tissues. If veins become weak or damaged, blood could stop flowing correctly, causing pain, swelling, ulcers or other issues. The doctors at Novant Health Vascular Specialists use a variety of diagnostic tools to determine if veins are working correctly and how to best treat veins that are not. Treatments can include medications, injections or surgery.
Evaluation for DVT
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where, instead of flowing through your veins, blood clots. This creates a blockage that could be harmless, or could break loose and travel to your lungs, blocking blood flow. DVT is most common in the legs, and most common among people who have conditions affecting how their blood clots, or among people who sit without moving or stretching for long periods of time. DVT often has no symptoms. In other cases, it causes swelling, leg pain or warmth in the affected area, or changes in skin color or appearance.
The vein doctors at Novant Health Vascular Specialists use a variety of tools to detect DVT and other blood clots. Tools include CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds, all non-invasive tools that can show how blood moves through the body.
DVT treatments aimed at preventing blood clots from growing or breaking loose, and reducing the chance of future clots, including blood thinning drugs or the wearing of compression stockings to improve blood flow. In some cases, surgery may be suggested to remove a clot or prevent it from traveling to the lungs.