Every surgery has some possible risks with knee replacement surgery being no exception. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is one of most common complications associated with the procedure. DVT is formed in the large vein of the legs or pelvic area and can move to the lung if detached from the wall of the vein and potentially travel to the lung, known as a Pulmonary Embolism or PE. While there are a number of risk factors associated with developing a DVT, the two most common are injury to the lower body and having surgery that involves the hips and legs. The surgeons participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line take numerous precautions to help minimize the occurrence of DVT after knee replacement surgery. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we present four tips to help prevent deep vein thrombosis. Take a look.
Doctors prescribe blood thinners or anticoagulants to stop blood clots from getting worse. Though, blood thinners do not completely prevent the formation of blood clots. They can help to decrease the further risk. When a patient undergoes knee replacement surgery, doctors prescribe blood thinners a day after the procedure, which is usually to be continued at home for a few days. The actual duration and dosage, however, varies from patient to patient.
Physical therapy goes a long way in preventing deep vein thrombosis. Patients are up walking within 2-6 hours after knee surgery in Plano or any other place. The therapy helps in increasing blood flow through the veins, restores joint motion, helps to regain the strength of the affected area, and improve blood circulation in the veins. PT can also help decrease scar tissue. All these reasons are enough to know that physical therapy is essential after knee replacement surgery and play a key role in preventing post-op complications, such as deep vein thrombosis.
3. Compression Devices
Many doctors recommend compression devices to prevent deep vein thrombosis. For instance, elastic compression stockings are manufactured to be tight at the ankle and start becoming loose as you go up the leg. These stockings or devices help in improving blood circulation that, in turn, helps prevent any vein related risks, such as deep vein thrombosis, post-op. Though each doctor may recommend different allocated times of use, it is important to use when sedentary.
Preventing deep vein thrombosis after undergoing knee replacement surgery is essential. If you or a loved one need to undergo knee surgery in Plano, consult with one of the participating physicians on the referral line at Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center is a physician referral center in Plano, Texas and our team helps you in connecting with an experienced surgeon near you. To schedule an appointment, click here, or simply call (888) 608-4762.
Note: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.