Surgery and blood clots

Reported in the British Medical Journal’s Online First by Jane Green, M.D., Ph.D., of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford following a study involving thromboses in a sample of nearly 1 million women is a warning for all who have had surgery within the past 12 weeks to be alert to the development of thromboses (blood clots) that have the potential to be fatal.

Persons who have had surgery within the past 12 weeks are 110 times more likely to experience a thrombosis than their non-surged-upon counterparts. That is not a typo, 110 times is the correct data!

Best defense: A good offense involving activity, use of compression garments, lots of fluids and common sense. The less you move, the more you clot–pure and simple.

Patients are also encouraged to be alert to the signs and symptoms of thrombus formation following surgery.

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