As you will be sitting or lying for long periods of time during and after surgery, your blood moves more slowly. This increases the chance of clots forming in your leg veins (called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT).
Because you will be sitting or lying down for long periods of time during and after your surgery, your blood will move more slowly through your veins. General anesthesia also causes your blood to move more slowly through your veins. This increases the chance of blood clots forming in your leg veins.
People who have varicose veins or who have had a prior blood clot are at a higher risk to develop another one.
These clots may also form on the side of the leg where you just had surgery.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms. They are signs of a blood clot in your leg:
Blood clots that form in your legs can travel to your lungs. These clots can cause serious problems with your breathing. This condition is called a pulmonary embolism. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism are:
A blood clot that travels to your lungs is an emergency. Seek medical help right away if you have any of the above symptoms.
Before and after surgery, these things will help prevent blood clots from forming:
You may also need to take blood thinners for 3 to 4 weeks after your surgery to lower your risk of blood clots. Your doctor may prescribe one or both of these:
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