and Lowering Risks for Life-Threatening Blood Clots
Why does major orthopedic surgery increase the risk of blood clot?
A blood clot can complicate the recovery after a major orthopedic surgery such as a knee replacement or a hip fracture surgery.
Orthopedic patients are more likely to develop clots due to:
- Blood clotting around the tissue and bone injury
- Injury to the blood vein
- Limited ability to move
How can I lower my risks during and after a major orthopedic surgery?
Move as much as possible after your surgery and exercise as instructed by your healthcare provider to improve blood flow.
Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if you should consider blood thinners after surgery.
Get enough hydration, especially if you’re immobile.
Use graduated compression stockings if recommended by your healthcare provider. Ask about massaging compression devices if you’re lying down down for long periods.
Know The Symptoms
Learn to recognize the symptoms of a dangerous blood clot and speak up if you notice anything that concerns you.
Learn more about the symptoms of dangerous blood clot or VTE.
More than one risk factor?
Any time you may have overlapping risks,
be sure your healthcare provider are aware.