Question: I have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in my right calf, it has only been 3 weeks since I found out. My leg still swells after 3 weeks even when I wear my compression stocking 20 -30. Is this normal. Should I be take it off and elevate my leg or leave it on?

Answer: You will continue to have swelling in the right leg until the DVT resolves (goes away). Compression may help to minimize this slightly, but until the DVT starts to be broken down by the body, swelling is normal. If you can elevate the foot it will help with venous return to the heart, but this effect will be transient because as soon as you put your foot back on the floor, the blood will pool below the area of your clot. Typically, with anti coagulation therapy, DVT improvement takes at least a few weeks.

 

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Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.