Peripheral Venous Disease Treatment
The kind of peripheral venous disease treatment a physician will suggest depends on the severity of each patient’s condition. When peripheral venous disease (PVD) occurs, the veins that carry blood from the hands and feet back to the heart become damaged or blocked, usually by a blood clot. When a patient experiences symptoms that are consistent with PVD, such as redness, swelling, or warmth around the area of the blood clot, he or she should promptly schedule an appointment with a physician who is qualified to treat PVD.
To determine the best course of treatment for peripheral venous disease, a physician will first check a patient’s blood pressure and heart, and if necessary, conduct other tests, such as an ultrasound or a venography examination, during which contrast dye is injected into the area around the clot and then examined with an X-ray.
If these tests show the patient’s PVD to be mild, treatment may include exercise, bandaging or compression stockings, or elevation of the affected area. All of these treatments help to promote good blood circulation.
For severe cases of peripheral venous disease, more extensive treatment may be necessary. This can include:
- Blood thinning medication
- Minimally invasive procedures, such as stent placement or balloon angioplasty
- Sclerotherapy, the injection of liquid medication directly into the blood clot, which causes it to shrink
- Surgery, especially for cases where deep vein thrombosis occurs
Tampa General Hospital offers several innovative methods for treating peripheral venous disease of any severity. With a state-of-the-art cardiovascular center and an experienced team of heart and vascular specialists, TGH is equipped with the resources to treat a wide range of cardiac conditions. To be referred to a specialist with Tampa General Hospital, please visit our online Physician Finder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).