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Post-treatment considerations

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Learn how to reduce your chances of getting post-thrombotic syndrome ()

What is ?

Even if a has been successfully treated, it may have done long-lasting damage to the veins and valves, resulting in a condition called . With , people can experience leg pain, swelling and general discomfort. is a challenging condition to cope with in its own right. The effects of are long lasting and may be difficult to treat.

When am I at risk for ?

The chances of getting are highest during the first 2 years after , although the risk can continue for many years after. Although symptoms may appear soon after treatment stops, it cannot be diagnosed with certainty for another 3 to 6 months. Since poses a long-term risk, it is essential to follow your doctor’s recommendations even after your treatment is finished.

Sticking with your treatment can help

It is important to meet with your doctor to determine whether your originally prescribed treatment is sufficient. You should never stop treatment without speaking to your doctor first, even if symptoms have subsided. If you do so, you risk that your does not fully dissolve and causes damage to your veins. 

Watching out for symptoms

Contact your doctor for an appointment right away if you experience any of the following symptoms in your leg or foot:

  • Pain, swelling, aching or heaviness 
  • Cramping, itching or tingling
  • Bluish or brown pigmentation
  • Ulcer 
  • Enlarged or gnarled veins, known as varicose veins
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