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Preventing DVT after an operation

If you’ve recently had surgery, one of the risks which is always associated with the surgery is “risk of blood clotting”. Preventing blog clotting after surgery is essential in ensuring that you have a full and successful recovery.

When you are in the hospital/medical facility you should talk with surgeon to determine what preventive measures can be taken to keep you from DVT post surgery. In most cases, a nurse or other medical staff will work closely with you to ensure that your muscles are getting the proper amount of blood flow.

When your medical staff is not attending to your needs, exercise your foot by rotating the calf in small circles. If you are able, also bend and straighten the legs. Ensure that you do not strain the area where the surgery was conducted or put yourself at risk for injury. Again, if you have any questions about what you can do while in the hospital ask your doctor.

Preventing blood clotting by using Neo-Slip compression socks

After you get home, there are a few preventive measures to prevent DVT after an operation. The first step is to ensure that you walk as much as possible. While it is true that you need to rest in order for the wound to heal, you also need to prevent blood clotting from occuring. Balancing your movement and rest is one way in which to greatly reduce DVT.

When you are under bed rest, or when you are resting, consider using a compression device or socks. These socks have been proven to be highly successful in reducing DVT in individuals who have recently undergone surgery. These socks usually do not come up further than the knee but forces the blood to circulate. Sequential compression devices cause the worn devices to “pulse” and make the body pump blood through the legs.

The best way to prevent DVT after an operation in either case is to be aware of the symptoms and to seek medical attention.

Whether you are traveling or trying to prevent DVT after surgery, the best way to do so is through movement. However, you can also try the following:

  • Drink water

  • Do not drink alcohol or take medications that can cause blood clots

  • Walk as much as you can

  • Wear clothing that is not constricting

  • Buy and wear compression socks.

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