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May-Thurner Syndrome Specialist


David L Wood, M.D.

Board Certified Interventional Radiologist located in Scottsdale, AZ

If you have pain, swelling, or other symptoms of blood clots in your legs, you might have May-Thurner syndrome. At ImageMed in Scottsdale, Arizona, David Wood, MD, a double board-certified radiologist, provides state-of-the-art minimally invasive catheterization treatments to open your left iliac vein to improve your vascular health. Call ImageMed or schedule a consultation online today to find out how Dr. Wood can help.

May-Thurner Syndrome Q & A

What is May-Thurner syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome is sometimes referred to as iliac vein compression syndrome. The condition develops when your right iliac artery compresses your left iliac vein. Your iliac veins and arteries are located in your pelvis. 

May-Thurner syndrome can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot that partially or entirely blocks a vein. The syndrome may also lead to venous insufficiency, which is a condition where your veins don’t move blood back to your heart efficiently. Having a DVT caused by May-Thurner syndrome happens most often in women 20-40 years old, usually after a pregnancy or a period of physical inactivity.

What are the symptoms of May-Thurner syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome doesn’t cause any symptoms. However, it may result in a DVT and venous insufficiency, which can cause symptoms such as:

  • Leg pain
  • Throbbing and aching sensations in your legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Skin becomes red or warm to touch
  • Legs feel heavy
  • Enlarged or varicose veins
  • Ulcers on your feet, ankles, and lower legs

You could have May-Thurner syndrome for years and not know about it. It’s typically only diagnosed when you see a doctor about a DVT, varicose veins, or other signs of venous insufficiency.

How is May-Thurner syndrome diagnosed?

May-Thurner syndrome is usually diagnosed with a physical exam and tests, including ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs, and venograms. The tests help Dr. Wood confirm that May-Thurner syndrome is the root cause of your symptoms and assess the compression of the left iliac vein. 

How is May-Thurner syndrome treated?

At ImageMed, Dr. Wood provides minimally invasive nonsurgical treatments for May-Thurner syndrome. He makes a small nick in your groin and uses special X-ray equipment to guide a catheter to your left iliac vein. He sends a stent through the catheter to place it in your left iliac vein. A stent is a tiny mesh tube that acts as scaffolding in a blood vessel to hold it open and allow blood to circulate freely. 

When the stent is in place, Dr. Wood withdraws the catheter and closes the puncture incision. This minimally invasive approach is safer and less painful than other surgeries. Your recovery is quicker, with most patients getting back to their regular activities within a day. 

If you’re looking for an expert to perform minimally invasive catheter procedures for May-Thurner syndrome or other vascular health issues, call ImageMed or make an appointment online today.