Possible Blood Clot?

Had TT and BA a couple weeks ago. About a week after surgery have been having throbbing in left lower leg and it is still here. No other symptoms (leg is normal color - not hot - not swollen). My surgeon does not think it is blood clot. Compression devices were used in surgery and I wore stockings during surgery + 2 days. The throbbing won't go away though and has me anxious. My family thinks I'm paranoid. Any possible reasons for the leg throbbing?

Doctor Answers 6

Get to the ER immediately, don't even finish reading this

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It is so easy to evaluate for blood clots these days using ultrasound, that there is absolutely no reason to take chances and guess as to whether we think it is or it isn't.  DVT, or worse PE, is one of the most devastating complications with this type of surgery, and unfortunately it happens, even when proper precautions are taken.  It takes a high index of suspicion and an aggressive mindset about diagnosis to lessen the chances that one of these can turn bad.  Your symptoms alone coupled with your history of recent body contouring surgery is enough to perk my ears up.  Go get checked out; we should all hope to see a hundred negative ultrasound exams - I'd rather see that than one death from PE or one chronic venous insufficiency because of neglected DVT.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon

DVT is a recognised complication of Tummy Tuck

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It is very easy to rule out a DVT ( clot in your leg) by an Ultrasound Scan. It is painless, non invasive and quick. Most importantly it will give you the peace of mind you badly need. Good Luck

Possible Blood Clot

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An ultasound of your leg would rule out a DVT.  If it has you that anxious it sounds like a good idea to get one and rule out the possibility.  Your physician can call in an order for one to a local hospital or imaging center. Best of luck to you!

Kevin Rose, MD
Provo Plastic Surgeon

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To put your mind at ease and make the appropriate workup, get a sonogram of the veins of the legs. That will tell you if you have blood clots

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