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FAQ on Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Unhealthy binge habits such as regular consumption of processed foods or chain smoking.
  • Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time.
  • Patient has a medical condition which causes the blood to clot easier than others.
  • Swelling, usually in one leg
  • Leg pain or tenderness
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg warm to touch
  • MOVEMENT: As mentioned before, one of the causes of DVT, is sitting in the same position for a very long time.
  • STAYING HYDRATED AND INTAKE OF MEDICATION (IF ANY): Fluids help a lot in preventing DVT. The lack of water in the body reduces the flow of blood and can lead to a clot formation. Individuals with medical conditions that frequently cause the blood to clot are prescribed blood thinners.
  • COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: They are worn on the legs and work by applying pressure on the legs to help the blood to move up, against gravity, in the veins. This prevents the blood from pooling.
  • The amount and type of exercise that is safe is a decision to make with your doctor, and depends on your physical condition. Walking or swimming are usually considered good choices as exercise.
    Since DVT is usually formed in the legs, sitting for too long causes the red blood cells to clump together and form a clot. An individual is advised to get up and walk or even stretch for a a few minutes every hour.
    A blood thinner is not a prevention technique and is rather a medical treatment. DVT is formed by the blood clotting in the leg. Blood thinners help with easier blood flow, by thinning out the blood and thus preventing DVT.

    FAQ on Varicose Veins

    Varicose veins, though not serious or harmful to the body, if left untreated can cause various problematic conditions. Hence, it is often referred to as a gateway to harmful conditions. A few of these conditions are DVT, superficial thrombophlebitis, ulcers near the ankles and bleeding.
    They are quite similar apart from cosmetic differences and seriousness of the condition. Spider veins are not serious even if left untreated. Spider veins can appear anywhere in the body due to an excess of pressure while varicose veins can only be spotted in the legs. Another difference is the appearance of the veins. The varicose veins are twisted and bulging while spider
    These stockings prevent varicose veins by building up pressure in the legs by, basically, squeezing it. Due to this pressure, it restricts the blood from pooling in the veins by increasing the blood circulation.
    Best way to prevent is by adjusting the mother's sleeping position. Sleeping on your left side may help prevent varicose veins from forming and ease the symptoms of existing varicose veins. This sleeping position helps reduce the pressure that your expanding uterus puts on the big vein in your pelvic area, which is located on the middle-right side of your body.
    A surgical treatment, which closes the affected vein by heating the inside walls of the affected veins with a laser. This treatment is by far one of the safest compared to traditional surgeries such as sclerotherapy. The patients are almost immediately relieved of their symptoms. EVLT-Endovenous Laser Therapy.

    FAQ on Piles, Fistula, Fissure

    There are 4 grades used to describe the seriousness of piles. These grades are:

  • GRADE 1: Grade 1 piles, forms a small swelling which does not cause any pain to the patient and the hemorrhoid stays in the anus
  • GRADE 2: The inflamed tissue is pushed outside of the anal canal during bowel movements. There are also abrasions (small cuts) seen on the hemorrhoid.
  • GRADE 3: As the hemorrhoid grows larger, a small portion prolapses out of the anus.
  • GRADE 4: This is the last and final stage of the hemorrhoid and by this stage, it completely prolapses out of the anus.
  • FAQ on Chemoembolization

    The side effects may last for five to seven days or more depending on the severity of the patients. These side effects are :
  • Patient will have a temperature lesser than 102 F (a low grade temperature) for one week.
  • Nausea and or vomiting, lethargy, and decreased appetite for several days.
  • Bruising at the groin puncture site. 4. patients might see some hair loss.
  • The side effects of TACE Can last for 3 to 4 weeks.

    TACE is a non surgical and image guided procedure which is used to treat malilgnant lesions in the liver. In this procedure, a catheter is used to deliver both chemotherapy medication and embolization materials to blood vessels. This will in turn block the blood and treat the tumor.
    Liver mapping is a mapping angiogram of the liver. It is a test where the s-ray dye is injected into the liver of the patient. This is done to see how the blood flows through the liver.

    FAQ on Uterine Fibroid Embolization

    UFE has side effects and After you have had your UFE you can expect the following side effects: 1. Pain: The patient will experience pain which will be intense the first 24 to 48 hours. 2. Post-Embolization Syndrome- It invovles fever accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting. About 33% (1/3 of UFE patients are expected to develop) this. 3. Bruising: At the site of the small incisionk, there is chance that the patient might develop bruising. 4.Reaction to X-Ray Contrast: Patients might have a slight rist of reaction to the x-ray contrast. It is advisable for patients to inform their doctor if they previously had reaction to x-ray contrast.
    Pateints might take 7-10 days to recover
    The Success Rate of UFE is 85%.
    If left untreated they can grow in size and number. This might resutl in infertility and increase the pain. The bleeding will become heavier. It will have an indirect effect on the social life of the woman.
    Yes, Uterine fibroid emboliztion is usually covered by the insurance.
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