What Are the OVERALL Chances of Getting Blood Clots After Surgery?

What are the overall statistics of blood clotting in patients after surgery? Is it 1 in 1000, or 1 in 50,000? Please advise with statistics..thank you!

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Chances of a DVT?

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The most important factor for a Surgeon in avoiding serious perioperative complications (DVT, PE, MI) is patient selection; unhealthy patients or those individuals with severe medical issues are poor candidates for cosmetic surgery.  Given a sample of healthy patients who have anti-embolism measures in place, in which operative times are not excessive, the risk of DVT is very low.  In my practice, all patients have TED hose placed in the preoperative period, are walked into the operating room, and have pneumatic compression devices placed and initiated prior to the induction of anesthesia.  In the postoperative period, patients are encouraged to practice reasonable mobility and to avoid laying in bed for excessive periods of time.  For most facial procedures, pain and discomfort are not huge factors and patients are able to move around as expected.

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DVT after surgery

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There are many factors that affect the risk of DVT such as age, weight, length of surgery, previous blood clots, hypercoagulable states, smoking, obesity, type of surgery performed, the patient's unwillingness to early ambulate etc so nobody can give you an exact number.  All these factors and more need to be known about you to even give a ballpark figure.

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