Deep Vein Thrombosis Relief After Bariatric Surgery
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In this video, Doc Pop discusses how bariatric surgery can be effective in treating chronic statis ulcers of the lower legs.
Another common problem in the United States that we see as physicians is bad vericose veins in the lower extremeties. Thesy are sometimes caused by blood clots that have formed in your veins in the past. Although these clots can dissolve though, they cause injury to the valvues in the vein. Then after a series of injuries to these valvues, patients develop too much pressure in the venus compartment of the lower legs.
This can be refelected as vericose veins and sometimes and can get to the point of injury where patients experience damage to the skin in front of the lower calf or shin. It can evev get to the point where the skin breaks down and causes chronic non-healing ulcers. These non-healing ulcers are a tough problem to manage and often require extensive medical treatment and supervision.
What we have found in these patients, the patients who are morbidly obesity and have a history of deep vein thrombosis who are now struggling with these ulcers, is that the cause is likley their huge belly.
The size of their belly causes the blood from the legs to go through a high pressure zone in returning to return to the heart. After successful weight loss surgery though, often these patients with chronic stasis ulcers from venus hypertension of the lower extremeties actually heel fior the first time after their weight returns to normal.
When the belly begins to get smaller, the pressure in the belly cavity lowers and the blood flow to their legs improves. This allows the ulcers to heal. This is a reliable way of addressing this very serious probelm where other good solutions don't exist.
I think that morbidly obese patients who are candidates for bariatric surgery, and who have venus hypertension in their legs can expect these things to get markedly better after surgery and weight loss.