Blood Clots (a.k.a Deep Venous Thrombosis – DVT)
Our interventional radiologists are experts in treating symptomatic blood clots, also known as Deep Venous Thrombosis or DVT. These blood clots most commonly effect the legs, but can also occur in the arms or in the main chest vein called the Superior Vena Cava (SVC). Patients with blood clots can suffer with severe swelling and pain that if untreated or inadequately treated can lead to serious long term symptoms such as post phlebitic syndrome. When the arms are affected the disease is often referred to as "Effort Thrombosis" or "Paget-von Schrötter syndrome." In cases where the face, head, or neck is swollen, it is referred to as "SVC Syndrome."
We use a combination of minimally invasive techniques to treat blood clots. These include venous thrombectomy, which is the mechanical breaking up and removal of blood clots to restore blood flow and allow the swelling to resolve. Often thrombectomy is performed in combination with thrombolysis, which is a technique involving injecting clot dissolving medication directly into the clots. Angioplasty and stenting are techniques that reopen narrowed veins that can occur with the presence of blood clots. This allows for more normal restoration of blood flow.
IVC filters are devices that are placed into the main vein in the abdomen. This vein is called the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC). IVC filters are devices designed to catch blood clots that might break off from leg clots and travel through the blood stream through the heart into the lungs. This is called Pulmonary Embolism or PE and can be a serious or fatal complication of leg clots. There are many types of IVC filters on the market, each with its own design and characteristics. We select the filter that best matches your condition.
Because of our extensive experience, Abington Interventional Radiology, has been selected from many centers to participate in a clinical trial of a new convertible IVC filter.
If you are interested in meeting with one of our physicians to discuss if this procedure is right for you, please call 215-481-6226 and leave your contact information.