What are Blood Clots?
Blood clots can sometimes form in a patient’s legs if they are immobile for long periods of time. The clinical term for this type of blood clot is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
In some cases, the DVT will dissolve and go away on its own. However, in more serious cases, it can cause pain, swelling and warmth of the affected leg. Or, it can break off and travel to the blood vessels of your lungs, causing Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
DVT and PE, collectively known as venous thromboembolism, are highly preventable. The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a Call to Action on DVT and PE to raise public awareness of these blood conditions and increase research on the causes, prevention, and treatment.
There are several symptoms that can be warning signs of blood clots, including but not limited to the following:
- Swelling of the leg, ankle, or calf
- Redness or discoloration
- Increased warmth over the skin
Is Your Patient at Risk?
Your patient’s risk of developing a blood clot after surgery is increased by the following:
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Air Travel
- Older age
- History of previous blood clots
- Genetic predisposition to blood clots
Blood Clot Prevention at Gramercy Surgery Center
Prevention and treatment of thromboembolic complications, such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), have long been a part of the care at Gramercy Surgery Center. Pneumatic compression devices are used in the Operating Rooms at our facilities on patients who are at risk for developing these complications.
Now Gramercy Surgery Center is taking DVT/PE prevention one giant step forward. Our medical director and his clinical team have identified a subset of patients who are at very high risk of developing a DVT after they have been discharged home.
With this in mind, we now offer a portable, lightweight pneumatic compression device that patients are given to take home and use after their surgery.
We will determine if your patient can benefit from this, and instruct your patient on its usage. If you feel that your patient could benefit from this latest technology, please contact David B. Albert, M.D., our Medical Director, at 212.254.3570.