About Deep Vein Thrombosis
When blood does not move properly through your veins, it can cause a buildup or clump of blood cells called a blood clot. Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside of your body, most commonly the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis. DVT can lead to major health complications and if left untreated, it can be life-threatening. Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Christopher Brennig offers comprehensive diagnostic care and treatment for patients with this dangerous condition at Austin Vein Institute in Austin, TX. Patients experiencing pain, swelling, warmth, tenderness, or redness of an extremity should contact our facility to schedule an appointment right away.
"Dr. Brennig reminds me of my doctors while growing up. He gives you his time, undivided attention and a deep sense of actually caring about you. It’s a rare (but often missing!) trait."- W. / Healthgrades / May 06, 2021
"I inherited a severe case of varicose veins. Additionally, my veins were creating issues in my lower extremities that required attention. Could not have waited. Dr. Brennig and his staff determined my need and preceded to get things back to "ship shape" . Dr. Brennig is one of the coolest doctors I know. Very professional, very friendly chairside manner. And actually spends the time with you to put you at ease and to let you know exactly what you're looking at. He may even convince me to quit smoking. We're working on it. The vein institute, Dr Brennig and staff are tops !⚕️ Dr. Brennig is also the recipient of the Austin monthly doctor of the year award three years in a row. Congratulations doctor !"- S.J. / Google / Oct 30, 2020
"Dr. Brennig and his staff are amazing. The care, attention to detail and kindness from this practice is unparalleled. Dr. Brennig is thorough and enjoys what he does. I highly recommend this practice."- A. / Google / Mar 01, 2020
"True, it's hard to find such a professional office (everyone working there), but combine that with the calm, compassionate treatment and you have one in a million! I am on more third round of vein treatment, and this experience stands out by leaps and bounds. But most meaningful to me was when I went in with an injury that involved my veins and more. Dr. Brennig was very thorough and methodical in the treatment, which will result in a more complete healing! He is what a doctor should be...and his office is what an office should be!"- C.D. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"Dr. Brenning is awesome, and the work he does is life-changing! I've suffered from vericose veins for years and never took care of them because I thought that was being vain. Then the pain and discomfort got so bad that I sought out treatment. Dr. Brennig taught me why I was having the pain and swelling and put me on a treatment plan to relief me from all of it! After my first treatment, I felt better almost instantly. It was so worth it!! And the cosmetic benefits for me were just a side-benefit, but those are nice too. I recently bought shorts for the first time in years! I would recommend Dr. Brenning to anyone suffering from vericose veins... but more importantly, I'd recommend him to those folks that are not yet suffering and his treatments can help you avoid future pain."- L.C. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
If a blood clot breaks free from a vein and moves through your bloodstream, it could become lodged in a blood vessel in your lungs. This is called pulmonary embolism and is life-threatening. For this reason, patients experiencing any of the symptoms associated with DVT should seek medical attention right away. You are a candidate for the treatment of DVT if you are experiencing:
- Sudden, unexplained swelling in an arm or leg
- Unexplainable pain or soreness when standing or walking
- Tangible warmth in a sore extremity
- Veins that appear enlarged or swollen
- Blue or red skin in a consolidated area
Dr. Brennig's primary focus of DVT treatment is to prevent the blood clot from growing larger or dislodging and moving toward your lungs. He will also work to prevent the possibility of getting another DVT. To achieve this, Dr. Brennig may recommend medications, an inferior vena cava, or compression stockings.
- Medicine – Blood thinners are the most commonly used medications for the treatment of DVT. These medications reduce your body's ability to clot the blood. Because these medications have potentially serious side effects, they are reserved for patients with severe symptoms, large clots, and those at risk for a secondary clot or DVT.
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter – If blood thinners are not recommended for your condition, Dr. Brennig may insert a small cone-shaped filter insider of your vena cava vein, the largest vein in your body. This will prevent clots from reaching your veins.
- Compression Stockings – These specialty socks are very tight at the ankle, preventing blood clots from pooling in the veins. Compression stockings are available at many drugstores, but Dr. Brennig may prescribe a stronger version for more severe cases and patients at a higher risk of developing a DVT.
There are many simple lifestyle changes that can help lower your odds of getting a DVT. Some of the following methods are highly recommended to those who are at risk:
- Remain active by walking, running, or exercising at least 30 minutes a day
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular check-ups with your primary care provider
- Take all prescribed medications as directed
- If you work a sedentary job or travel regularly, take frequent breaks to stretch your lower leg muscles
At Austin Vein Institute, we provide comprehensive diagnostic care and innovative solutions for the treatment of many vein-related conditions. Board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Christopher Brennig is dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal health and lead a high quality of life while feeling their best. If you have had a DVT in the past or at risk of one currently, schedule an appointment with our skilled team to learn how we can help. We look forward to helping you.