Post-thrombotic syndrome is a debilitating disease which no healthcare professional wishes upon a patient. PTS can bring skin changes, leg swelling, leg heaviness, and leg pain. Although the previous symptoms may be mild in some cases, more severe cases of the symptoms can hamper movement and ability to work.
As you probably already know, post-thrombotic syndrome comes as a complication of deep vein thrombosis in the leg. Although not all DVT patients will develop PTS, statistics indicate that almost half of DVT patients will. No cure seems to be in sight for PTS, yet physicians use various treatments to at least ease their pain.
Traditional PTS Treatments
The primary treatment used for PTS is compression therapy. Patients wear elastic compressive stockings (ECS) to reduce the leg swelling, heaviness, and pain. Besides compression stockings, physicians may also prescribe pentoxifylline and administer wound care for the ulcers. Finally, physicians may rely on herbal remedies of horse chestnut and rutoside as well.
Sparks of Successful Treatment
On a smaller scale, a few case reports showed how endovascular or surgical treatment could work for patients of moderate or severe PTS. These treatments include endovascular stent recanalization and surgical valvuloplasty. The former treatment is for obstructions of the iliac vein or inferior vena cava, while the latter is for deep venous valvular reflux and chronic femoropopliteal obstruction.
A New Stent System
During the last year, however, a company innovating venous disease treatment successfully treated a PTS patient using its trademarked stent system. The company envisions the system to be an innovation that can advance venous disease treatment.
With the stent system, you can position starting from the common femoral vein’s peripheral end. The system serves to fulfill the need for stents to reach below the inguinal ligament in extensive venous overflow obstruction patients. You can position the stent accurately, allowing for effective inflow from the profundal and femoral veins.
You can acquire the stent system yourself and use it for your PTS patients. You can also acquire other venous disease stents such as a May-Thurner Syndrome stent from the same company.