Phlebitis is inflammation of the blood vessels. The most common reason for phlebitis is instrumentation of the vessel such as after an IV has been placed or after IV drug use. Most often the inflammation is localized and self-limited. For most patients, warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications, and elevation are all that are needed to treat the area. Patients may also benefit from compression garments to help with the pain and swelling. However, some patients require more treatment.
Occasionally, patients have suppurative thrombophlebitis. This is an infection of the vein resulting in purulent draining from the vein itself or surrounding it. In these cases, the patient often has a history of sepsis or a recent infection. These patients usually require incision and drainage with vein resection of the infected area.
Most towns and counties in Florida have access to a vascular surgeon. Almost every hospital has at least one vascular surgeon who is a surgical specialist to care for the community. When patients are looking for a physician to treat phlebitis, it is essential that they contact an exceptional board-certified vascular surgical specialist. This is certainly true in Bradenton and Manatee County, FL where Florida Surgical Clinic is led by a highly-trained double board-certified vascular and general surgeon named Dr. Jenna Kazil. Dr. Kazil not only performs general surgical procedures but vascular surgery procedures as well. Patients looking for a great surgical specialist should visit the Florida Surgical Clinic to discuss the wide variety of operations their surgeons are trained to perform.The Florida Surgical Clinic and its finest surgical specialist serves the West coast of Florida population mainly in Manatee, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.