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Avoiding the potential of post-operative DVT

When you go in for surgery at a hospital or medical center in Kew Gardens, any concern that you might have of being be the victim of a surgical error likely goes away once your procedure has been performed. Yet as many of the people that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP have helped in the past can attest to, problems can easily arise during your post-operative care. Among the more common complications that surgical patients may face is deep vein thrombosis.

DVT is defined as the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins of your pelvis, legs or lower extremities. It most commonly occurs during the period of inactivity after surgery. Along with the common dangers that blood clots present, one formed from DVT can break away and travel up through the body and become lodged in the lungs, causing a potentially fatal condition known as a pulmonary embolism. Information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that as many as 900,000 Americans are affected by DVT/PE every year, with up to 100,000 of those cases being fatal.

Your doctor can determine your risk of developing DVT prior to your surgery. Risk factors include:

  •          Increased age
  •          Obesity
  •          Pregnancy
  •          Smoking
  •          Cancer or kidney problems
  •          Family history of DVT

If you are determined to be a high-risk patient, you can be prescribed anticoagulants. This medication helps to thin your blood and decrease your risk of develop blood clots. Of course, in order to help you avoid the potential of developing DVT, your doctor must first pick up on any risk factors that may apply to you and act accordingly.

To learn more about preventing surgical errors, please continue to explore our site. 

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