The cornerstone in the treatment of DVT is the use of medications called anticoagulants or "blood thinners". Such medications slow down the formation of blood clots to allow the body's natural system to remove the clots and reduce the recurrence of DVT.
The anticoagulation medications include injectables such as heparin or low molecular weight heparin, or tablets to be taken orally, such as apixaban, dabigatran, rivaroxaban and warfarin.
The main complication of treatment with anticoagulation medications is bleeding. It is important to have regular follow up consultations and necessary blood tests to prevent and reduce the bleeding risks. We have a well-established anticoagulation monitoring service for our patients on anticoagulation.