Superficial Venous Thrombosis Treatment Specialist in Centennial, CO
Our doctors provide treatments for superficial venous thrombosis at Colorado Laser & Vein. Get treated today! For more details please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Centennial, CO and surrounding areas.
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Thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot (thrombus) forms and blocks a blood vessel, leading to stagnant blood flow. A blood clot is a mass of material in a blood vessel that can limit or block the flow of blood. A clot may form in a blood vessel when it is cut or when a blood vessel is damaged by a medical condition. This blockage can stop blood from flowing through the vessel normally and is usually caused by platelets (a type of special white blood cell). Determination of the cause is often difficult, as there are many different conditions that can lead to a blood clot. Blood clots can form in almost any part of the body, but they are most common in the legs.
Superficial venous thrombosis (SVT) is a condition characterized by a clot forming in the superficial veins of the skin or adipose tissues of the extremities. Symptoms frequently involve a tender lump under the skin at the location of a vein with a red abrasion of the skin overlying the thrombus. Superficial vein thrombosis is one of the most common vascular conditions in the United States, and is a typical cause of leg swelling that can present with uncomfortable symptoms. Thrombosis is the medical term for a blood clot; when these types of blood clots occur in the veins close to the surface of the skin, they are known as superficial. This condition affects blood vessels, caused by a clot in a vein, which is most commonly found on the legs and feet. This occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein where it could block the flow of blood.
The cause of superficial venous thrombosis is not always known, although it often occurs when a vein is damaged or when a vein is weak. Venous thrombosis can also be caused by other medical conditions, such as diabetes or pregnancy. The most common cause of SVT is enlarged varicose veins which result in slow blood flow through these veins; blood that moves slowly is prone to clot within the varicose veins.
Since it generally forms in peripheral veins, superficial thrombus is rarely dangerous. Although rare, it is possible for extension of the thrombus into the deep veins of the extremity, a much more serious condition known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. For this reason, venous color duplex ultrasound examinations are often utilized to determine the extent of the thrombus, as well as the effect it has on the surrounding tissues.
SVT in the lower extremities is often treated with an elastic compression hose and local comfort measures such as warm compresses. The pain associated with SVT usually improves significantly over a few days, though local swelling and tenderness may last for several months. In order to manage the discomfort, anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen can be taken to mitigate the symptoms of pain and tenderness and reduce the inflammatory process surrounding the vein.
The most effective treatments for SVT typically involve the use of lasers that can minimize the outward appearance of the affected veins as well as reduce physical symptoms such as pain and tenderness.
If you or someone you love is living with superficial vein thrombosis, trust the vein specialists at Colorado Laser & Vein to provide you with a higher level of care. Call us today to book an appointment with our superficial venous thrombosis treatment specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 8120 S. Holly Street, Suite 111, Centennial, CO 80122. We serve patients from Centennial CO, Southglenn CO, Englewood CO, Littleton CO, Castle Rock CO, Denver CO and Highlands Ranch, CO. We look forward to serving you!