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When are you most likely to get blood clots after your surgery?

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You're most likely to get a clot between two and 10 days after your surgery, but your odds are higher for about three months. You may have a greater chance of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after surgery when you:

  • Smoke
  • Had DVT in the past
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have close family members with DVT
  • Are pregnant
  • Have a disorder that affects your blood or veins
  • Are older
  • Use certain medicines, including birth control and hormone therapy
  • Have specific types of cancer

From: Blood Clots After Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Embolism: Symptoms and Causes."

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

UCSF, Department of Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

CDC: "Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots): Facts."

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Clots."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?"

York Teaching Hospital: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Warfarin: A Guide to Your Diagnosis and Treatment Information for Patients, Relatives, and Carers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Embolism: Symptoms and Causes."

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

UCSF, Department of Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

CDC: "Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots): Facts."

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Clots."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?"

York Teaching Hospital: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Warfarin: A Guide to Your Diagnosis and Treatment Information for Patients, Relatives, and Carers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2017

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