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What can you do while in the operating room or while on bed rest to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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When you're in the operating room, local anesthesia that numbs just the area the doctor is working on might be better than general anesthesia that knocks you out. You may want to wear compression sleeves on your legs to help keep your blood flowing.

During recovery, make the foot of your bed taller than the pillow end. Do any exercises, such as leg lifts and ankle movements that your doctor recommends. Take your pain medicine to make it easier. Get out of bed and start ramping up your activity as soon as you can safely.

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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