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May-Thurner Syndrome Specialist

Kishore  K. Arcot , MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI -  - Cardiology

Memphis Vein Center

Kishore K. Arcot , MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI

Cardiology & Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN

If you have deep venous thrombosis, you’re also more likely to experience May-Thurner syndrome. May-Thurner syndrome is a common vein-related health problem that causes swelling and discomfort in the left leg. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the caring team offer safe, effective treatments for May-Thurner syndrome. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

May-Thurner Syndrome Q & A

What is May-Thurner syndrome?

May-Thurner syndrome is a medical condition that occurs when the left iliac vein in your pelvis becomes narrow due to pressure from the right iliac artery. 

The left iliac vein is the most important vein in your left leg. It carries blood back to your heart. The right iliac artery is the main artery in your right leg and supplies blood to the limb. 

If you have May-Thurner syndrome, you might not realize it right away. Over time, the condition causes abnormal blood flow, increasing your risk of more serious health problems.

What are the symptoms of May-Thurner syndrome?

People with May-Thurner syndrome usually don’t experience symptoms, unless it causes deep venous thrombosis. Common indications of May-Thurner syndrome include:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Skin discoloration
  • Leg ulcers
  • Enlarged vein

If you’re a woman with May-Thurner syndrome, you’re also more likely to experience pelvic congestion syndrome.

How is May-Thurner syndrome diagnosed?

To diagnose May-Thurner syndrome, Dr. Arcot reviews your medical history and conducts a comprehensive physical exam. Next, he orders imaging tests to get a closer look at your left iliac vein. 

The type of imaging test you’ll benefit from the most depends on the severity of your symptoms. Dr. Arcot might recommend an ultrasound, venogram, MRI, or CT scan.

How is May-Thurner syndrome treated?

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for May-Thurner syndrome. However, treatment can improve blood flow to your left iliac vein. Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. Arcot might recommend:

Angioplasty and stenting

Angioplasty and stenting is a type of outpatient surgery. During an angioplasty, Dr. Arcot carefully inserts a catheter into your vein with a balloon on the end. Dr. Arcot inflates the balloon to open the vein and inserts a small mesh tube, called a stent. The stent holds your vein open, allowing for adequate blood flow.

Bypass surgery

If your left iliac vein is severely compressed, you might benefit from bypass surgery. During this procedure, Dr. Arcot uses a bypass graft to reroute blood around your left iliac vein.

Repositioning the iliac artery

If angioplasty and stenting or bypass surgery aren’t right for you, Dr. Arcot might recommend an operation to reposition your left iliac artery. During this type of surgery, Dr. Arcot places a piece of tissue between your left iliac vein and your right iliac artery. The tissue relieves pressure, encouraging better blood flow.

For expert treatment of May-Thurner syndrome, schedule an appointment at Memphis Vein Center. Call or book online today.