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Vascular Surgery

Vein Removal after DVT

07/07/2011

Question:

I had a DVT in my Rt lower calf 14 years ago. At the time, the physicians related it to birth control pills and an eight hour road trip with few stops to walk. I took six months of Coumadin. I am continuing to have pain and swelling in this leg. I wear pressure socks, exercise and have controlled HTN on an ACE inhibitor. I am developing prominent varicose veins in that leg and I am thouroughly sick of the pain and swelling. Is there a surgical procedure to remove these veins? The doctors have told me that a repeat DVT will mean a lifetime on Coumadin. This is something my mental state can not tolerate. Any suggestions from the vascular folks out there.

Answer:

I would recommend an evaluation by a vascular surgeon with an interest in vein therapies. There are many options. You may find a vascular surgeon at the Society for Vascular Surgery. Good luck!

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Response by:

Jean  E Starr, MD Jean E Starr, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University