Is there a chance of fat embolism or PE 10 days after Smartlipo performed on 3 small areas? I have been active and walking 1-2 hours every day. Am I still at risk?
Is There a Chance of Fat Embolism or PE 10 Days After Smartlipo Performed on 3 Small Areas?
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Embolism after lipo
doesn't mean you should not seek medical attention if you are concerned
Are you having symptoms?
If a patient is asymptomatic at ten days the risk of developing
a fat embolism is just about zero. The chance of developing a DVT(Deep Venous Thrombosis) or PE(Pulmonary Embolism) is very close to baseline. One out of every 1000 people per year develop a DVT. The thirds of those people have no symptoms. A much smaller number go on to having a PE.
With out risk factors or symptoms you should not be at any significantly higher risk for either at this point.
Check with your surgeon.
All the best,
Mats Hagstrom, MD
Smartlipo and PE
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Very little chance
some people just get a PE for unclear reasons, so there is always a tiny risk but it would be unrelated to the Smarlipo.
david berman md
Fat embolism and PE after Smartlipo
Since most smartlipo procedures are performed under local anesthesia, the risks of PE is very, very low. There is always risks of fat embolism with any liposuction procedures, with or without laser. If you are not having symptoms and you have been active, then you should be fine. If you are having symptoms then seeking medical attention as soon as possible.
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