Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) is a health condition that can occur after Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is a result of a collection of blood or a blood clot in the leg, often from varicose veins or vein disease. According the Society for Vascular Medicine, vein disease affects approximately 30 million American’s every year. Although this condition is common, it can cause some more serious complications if left untreated.
Common Causes of Post Thrombotic Syndrome
As mentioned earlier, PTS is a result of untreated DVT. When the valves in the leg veins do not work properly, blood cannot flow the way it should. If the valves are not working, gravity will pull the blood downwards, also known as reflux, which leads to the development of blockages and blood clots.
During exercise or activity, blood flow through the veins is increased. However, for people with DVT or vein disease, the veins do not expand properly to account for the extra blood flow. This results in pain and swelling in the legs or ankles. If this condition is not treated, the skin can become damaged and may lead to developing chronic wounds or ulcers. In very severe cases of Post Thrombotic Syndrome, the vein can be blocked off to the point that blood cannot flow through, which may require amputation if not treated in a timely manner.
Many of the symptoms of PTS are similar to the symptoms of vein disease. These symptoms include:
- Tingling Legs
- Itchy Legs
- Feelings of Heaviness in the Leg
- Leg Cramping
- Leg Aches
- Swelling, Pain
PTS is not diagnosed through a test or scan, but through observation of symptoms. If you have vein disease or DVT and experience any of the symptoms above, schedule a consultation with us to see how we can help.
Majority of people with PTS experience more pain and swelling after long periods of sitting or standing. Walking can be an easy and effective way to prevent pain and promote good blood circulation. It’s important to get PTS treated as soon as you notice symptoms, as you have an increased risk for developing painful, non-healing ulcers.
DVT and PTS Risk Factors
- If you sit or stand for a long period of time you could be at increased risk for PTS. Other risk factors include: A recent accident or surgery that requires lengthy bed rest: Blood clots can develop in veins damaged by surgery or trauma, or as a result of inflammation from an injury or infection.
- Having a blood-clotting disorder or a family history of these disorders
- Current or former smoker
- Varicose veins
- Over the age of 60 years old
If you’re experiencing symptoms of vein disease, DVT, or PTS, we’re here to help. At USA Vein Clinics, we specialize in treating a variety of vein issues with minimally invasive, outpatient procedures, including Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and ClariVein. Our experienced vascular specialists and medical team will work with you to develop an individualized care plan. If you’re ready to improve your vein health, schedule an appointment with one of our leading vascular specialists today.