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What are the risks associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Your surgeon will let you know if deep vein thrombosis (DVT) could be a problem for you. Sometimes, the risk is greatest right after surgery and for about 10 days afterward -- or you may get DVT because you're less active in the months following the procedure.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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