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How do you prevent blood clots after surgery for cancer?

How do you prevent blood clots after surgery for cancer?

Drugs & mobility: Treatment with anti-coagulants, "blood thinners", early mobilization and use of pneumatic compression of calfs are usual preventive measures. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I'm getting a surgery for medial malleolus fracture. I have no other medical issues and take no other medicines. Should I take aspirin to prevent blood clots?

I'm getting a surgery for medial malleolus fracture. I have no other medical issues and take no other medicines. Should I take aspirin to prevent blood clots?

Not a bad idea: Medial malleolar fx surgery is performed under tourniquet. Hence, no increased blood loss risks whether you take Aspirin before and/or after surgery. Trauma studies have confirmed that continuing Aspirin through the peri-op period does not increase risks for these type surgeries, but can reduce potential thromboembolic events. Although blood clot risk is small, it is not unheard of. ...Read more

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Injection given correctly? I recently underwent gastric bypass surgery. During the recovery I was given an injection in my stomach to prevent blood clots. A few days into my recovery I was given an injection in my arm for the the same thing. I was under t

Injection given correctly? I recently underwent gastric bypass surgery. During the recovery I was given an injection in my stomach to prevent blood clots. A few days into my recovery I was given an injection in my arm for the the same thing. I was under t

This was: Probably Lovenox (enoxaparin) to help reduce the risk of developing blood clots in your calves. Usually given in the abdominal wall as a sub q injection. Check with the ordering physician as to the length of treatment recommended and the proper administration of lovenox (enoxaparin). ...Read more

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If I had a blood clot in my lung after peritoneal cancer surgery, does it mean that something went wrong during my surgery?

If I had a blood clot in my lung after peritoneal cancer surgery, does it mean that something went wrong during my surgery?

No, probably not: You do however, at least, 2 significant risk factors to have blood clot- i.e.- cancer and surgery. Patient with cancer who undergoes major surgery like yours- have a really high risk for development of blood clot- that can go up as high as 40%. Other risk factors also include age, ascites, surgery for > 2 hours, low Albumin level, smoker, cancer burden/presence of metastatic disease etc. ...Read more

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Had shoulder stability surgery 12 days ago having extream pain and bruising on elbow been taking aspirin entire time to prevent blood clot?

Had shoulder stability surgery 12 days ago having extream pain and bruising on elbow been taking aspirin entire time to prevent blood clot?

Stop the Aspirin: Hold off the aspirin, it has not been shown to significantly reduce risk of a deep vein thrombosis, but will cause you to bleed and bruise. At 26 your low risk anyway. The bruising should just absorb. Follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it common to get blood clots after surgery?

Is it common to get blood clots after surgery?

Rare: But following the treatment regiment is key to prevention. For low risk surgery early movement (walking) is the most important advise. For larger surgery where you remain in bed for a while, medications and leg pumps may be used for prevention. Getting up and out of bed as early as possible is still important however. ...Read more

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Can surgery increase the risk of blood clots?

Can surgery increase the risk of blood clots?

Yes: Yes their is a increase risk of DVT or blood clots after surgery. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I still have blood and blood clots 3 weeks after surgery?

Should I be concerned if I still have blood and blood clots 3 weeks after surgery?

What Surgery?: We can not answer without knowing what king of surgery and for what. Since it has been 3 weeks and whatever surgery you had. I suggest you call your surgeon and ask him/her if you should be concerned. And ask him/her if you need to be examined. You may resubmit the question but better you ask this from your doctors ...Read more

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What causes a cancer patient to start forming blood clots?

What causes a cancer patient to start forming blood clots?

Hypercoagulable: Virchow was 1st scientist who made a link b/w thrombogenesis and carcinogenesis. Cancer cells increase inflammation at site of cancer and metastasis and by recruiting platelets and other cells increase the risk, also cause release of tissue factor, sometimes there is direct tumor blocking the lymphatics causing stasis and cancer pts aremore sedentary. Some chemo drugs and port also increase risk. ...Read more

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What are the odds of blood clots or internal bleeding with cancer in general?

What are the odds of blood clots or internal bleeding with cancer in general?

Elevate several fold: You are asking about the risk of blood clot in patients with cancer. The risk is increased several fold over normal people. Cancer cells themselves are making substances that help them move through the blood stream then stop and make more cancer cells. This favors clot. Patients with cancer also tend to have less activity as the cancer advances which also favors clot. ...Read more

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I am a 29 yr old female with hemorrhagic cysts, with small blood clots around themovarian cancer. What can I do to get better?

I am a 29 yr old female with hemorrhagic cysts, with small blood clots around themovarian cancer. What can I do to get better?

Please clarify: Many women of childbearing age have blood-containing cysts in the ovary, with various causes. If someone has said "cancer", this is something that will require immediate verification and treatment with your physician. You have a right to an exact diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can blood clots be removed without major surgery?

Can blood clots be removed without major surgery?

Where: What kind of blood clots and where? We need more information. If the question is about deep vein thrombosis then yes, a transcatheter therapy is available in acute cases. ...Read more

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My friend has terminal cancer not long to live he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

Impossible: I am sorry to hear of your personal loss. But, there is no way to give you any valid answer. We do not know the cancer, the state of your friends condition or any other specific situation. Your question must be asked of the team caring for him in person. ...Read more

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My husband had prostrate surgery in march 2011 and has now started passing black blood clots in his urine?

My husband had prostrate surgery in march 2011 and has now started passing black blood clots in his urine?

Please be evaluated: Your husband should be seen by his urologist. This is likely a benign, and non cancerous, concern but one that should be evaluated with a cystoscopy at the very least. ...Read more

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My friend has terminal cancer been told he has only 6 weeks he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

My friend has terminal cancer been told he has only 6 weeks he has blood clots all over what else can we expect?

Can't predict: Your friend may be dead when you get this note, or may last a year. There is no predicting these things. Cherish every minute you have with him. ...Read more

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My wife's having a cesarean I'm just worried about surgery and blood clots. This will be her second cesarean are they safe?

My wife's having a cesarean I'm just worried about surgery and blood clots. This will be her second cesarean are they safe?

Yes: Cesareans are a safe procedure, but no surgery is risk free. It would be important to get mobile as soon as possible after surgery. Wish you, your wife good health and a healthy baby! ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary when you have blood clots in your brain?

Is surgery necessary when you have blood clots in your brain?

Based on situation: If an aneurysm or ateriovenous malformation has caused problem, surgical repair may be life saving. If a subdural or epidural hemorrhage, best to decompress unless very small and stable. If intracranial bleeding, may be far safer to be conservative, and not operate. But all situations are different and management decisions should vary. ...Read more

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Can blood clots in the lung be removed with surgery?

Can blood clots in the lung be removed with surgery?

Yes: Massive blod clots in the lung can be removed by open heart surgery. Chronic debilitating clots may also be removed with open heart surgery. However most clots to the lung can be treated just with blood thinning medication. ...Read more

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What are common signs for brain cancer and blood clots in the brain?

Symptoms maybe simil: Headaches and nausea/vomiting are common to both disease entities. But an imaging study (like a ct scan or mri) can make a distinction easily as they would look distinctly different from each other. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more