I am having a tummy tuck on 04/27 & I am terrified of general anesthesia and blood clots. I had a close family member die from this procedure and I am seriously having second thoughts as to whether I should put my body through this...any insights?
General Anesthesia & Blood Clots? What Are My Chances?
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General Anesthesia and Blood Clots
Abdominoplasty carries with it a small but significant risk of 'blood clots', known as deep venous thrombosis - which can also lead to pulmonary embolism. Risk factors can be analyzed and preventative therapy can be instituted preoperatively. If you have a family history of DVT you can be tested for a familial disorder linked to DVT. Assess your risk profile and make an educated choice. Best of Luck Dr Harrell
Abdominoplasty and blood clots
Abdominoplasty has very small risk of causing DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). While this risk is very small it can be further minimized. Please speak with your surgeon about using SCDs (sequential compression device) on your calves as well as use of heparin which is a blood thinner before general anesthesia. After surgery you should move your calves while resting and be mobile ASAP.
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