Bernie M.
DVT Survivor

Bernie—an active, 52-year-old father of two—felt a sudden, intense pain in his leg while walking to work. The pain was so severe, he went to the emergency room. After a few tests, the ER sent him home, saying it was probably a muscle strain.

But Bernie knew something was wrong. So, at the advice of a colleague, he made an appointment with a vascular surgeon who discovered that Bernie had a blood clot in his leg caused by May-Thurner’s Syndrome. Bernie was admitted to the hospital immediately and given the option of staying in the intensive care unit for three or four days or undergoing a minimally invasive procedure that would let him go home the following day.

Bernie chose the minimally invasive treatment, which cleared up his clot within a couple of hours, and he was released from the hospital the next day. Bernie is happy to be back home and enjoying spending time outdoors with his family and two dogs.  


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There are risks associated with thrombectomy treatment which include but are not limited to: abrupt closure of treated vessel, acute myocardial infarction, acute renal failure, bleeding from access site, cerebrovascular accident, death, dissection, embolization, proximal or distal, hematoma, hemolysis, hemorrhage, requiring transfusion, hypotension/hypertension, infection at the access site, pain, pancreatitis, perforation, pseudoaneurysm, reactions to contrast medium, thrombosis/occlusion, total occlusion of treated vessel, vascular aneurysm, vascular spasm, and vessel wall or valve damage.

There are risks associated with the use of IVC (Inferior Vena Cava) Filters which include but are not limited to: incorrect release or placement of the Filter, movement or migration of the Filter, formation of clots on the Filter which could result in complete blockage of blood flow through the vena cava, hematoma (bruise) or bleeding at the insertion site, infection, failure of the Filter to attach itself securely and potential migration of the Filter to the heart or lungs, perforation of the vena cava, adjacent blood vessels or organ by one or more hooks, pulmonary embolism due to introducer catheter manipulation leading to dislodgement of clot during Filter placement, air embolism during Filter insertion, insertion site thrombosis, and death due to movement of clots to the heart or lungs.

Be sure to talk with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis.