Vascular surgeons recommend the treatment of May-Thurner syndrome with 2 objectives: to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis or to treat the deep vein thrombosis already formed, thus relieving the symptoms and possible future complications, such as venous ulcer.
The best method to treat iliac vein compression syndrome is endovascular intervention, which is a minimally invasive method with zero mortality and low risk of complications. This is preceded by a venogram.
A venogram is an X-ray examination that is performed to examine the health of the veins – usually in the legs. During a venogram, your doctor will inject a contrast dye into your veins to examine how blood flows through them. He/ she will perform X-rays as the dye moves through the legs. The doctor can use special devices on the leg for controlling blood flows. Once the test is done, the skin will be cleaned, and the needle – removed from the vein.
Recovery varies from 2-4 hours, depending on the area (areas) that the doctor perforates. Medical technology has advanced a lot in recent decades. A venogram is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that it does not require hospitalization, it involves very limited bleeding and no open surgery. Be sure to have a discussion with an Apex Endovascular doctor at / to find out more about your options.