One of the complications that can occur after an orthopedic surgery includes blood clots in the legs. Also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots can occur when the bloods movement is slowed. A common time for this to happen is after a surgery, when a person has greatly reduced mobility.
Although there are other factors that place one at increased risk for DVT’s, post-surgical knee and hip patients are especially susceptible. Due to this fact, it is important that you understand the risks and preventative steps prior to undergoing your surgery. You can speak with you physician about the risks and steps that you need to take to prevent clotting.
It’s for this reason, along with movement of the joint itself, that your healthcare team wants you to begin recommended movements following your orthopedic surgery. Based on your specific condition and risk factors, other preventative measures include mechanical pumps, exercises and prescribed medications.
Ultimately, the goal of your surgery is to improve your pain and way of life. Although post surgical complications can happen, there are things that you can do (recommended by your healthcare team) that can help to prevent blood clots.