Hospitalized Patients with VTE
In the U.S., more than 540,000 hospitalized patients develop VTE.6
Post Surgery DVT Risks
Surgery always comes with risks and developing DVT is one of the common risks associated with even minor surgical procedures. Any surgery that is more than four hours or requires a long recovery period with extended bed rest or general anesthesia can increase these risks for DVT. While under anesthetic your legs and the muscles in your body become temporarily paralyzed. This makes the blood flow in the leg veins become very slow, making a clot more likely to occur.
Trauma surgeries, Cancer surgeries and surgeries to the lower half of the body, especially hip and knee replacements, also increases DVT risk. Certain types of surgery (particularly operations on the pelvis or legs) increase the risk of DVT even more.
The main cause of DVT is immobility – especially during or after surgery. If you are having surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor about a preliminary steps or post surgical precautions and presentation steps that need to be taken. It is important to reduce your risks of DVT so it does not become PE, which can cause death.