Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a potentially life-threatening condition in which blood clots form within the veins of the lower extremity. Pain and swelling of the legs are the common symptoms. Untreated, DVT can progress and damage the valves of the leg veins, which eventually leads to long-standing lower extremity swelling and skin breakdown.
Blood clots can also travel up the leg veins to the major veins supplying the lungs, causing a life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism.
Our interventional radiologists offer a minimally invasive treatment that involves image-guided placement of a catheter in the clotted vein, followed by breaking and dissolving the clot and re-establishing blood flow in the leg. We can also place a metallic filter in the main vein of the abdomen, which prevents clots from going to the chest and causing a pulmonary embolism. This filter can be taken out when the clot in the leg has dissolved.
We are specialists in treating DVT and the areas of the body in which it occurs. In addition to the training that all radiologists receive, our interventional radiologists have additional fellowship training in interventional radiology, plus extensive real-world experience.
Our team of interventional radiologists and physician assistants coordinates your complete care – from imaging evaluation to post-procedure follow-up – maintaining a high level of communication with you throughout the process. In addition, we coordinate closely with experts from across the UT Southwestern community when necessary.
To meet with an interventional radiologist at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas, or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.