Deep Venous Disease Rehabilitation

Recovery from deep venous disease is a long process. You may require anti-coagulation for life and the long term outcomes are still not established. However in patients with significant symptoms there is potential for considerable improvement if, particularly, obstruction can be improved.

The development of improved techniques and dedicated venous devices may improve outcomes in the future.

If you have an acute (i.e. fresh) blood clot in your leg then you will be in hospital for several days will the clots is broken down by a process called catheter directed lysis. This sometimes takes as long as 72 hours. At the end of this process your veins are assessed to see if they need a stent to treat an underlying cause (typically May-Thurners syndrome).

After undergoing endovascular stent procedures for obstruction you will typically be in hospital for 2 or 3 days. During this time you will have repeat duplex scans to make sure the stents are open. If they stay open then you will be put on blood thinning drugs and discharged home.

It is very important to keep exercising and you need to walk as much as possible. This is because flow through the veins and the new stents is vital to stop them from blocking.

Most people have some back pain and groin discomfort immediately after the procedure which lasts for about a week. This is from the stretching of the damaged areas of the vein.

You will need to be on blood thinning drugs for at least 6 months.

All the procedures (lysis and stenting) are key hole and you will have a small cut either in the middle of your thigh or behind the knee. There may be some bruising in these areas.

In the majority of patients the symptoms that improve most rapidly are pain. Swelling has a more variable response.

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