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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


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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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Could I have a blood clot? Had surgery then long ride home.

Could I have a blood clot? Had surgery then long ride home.

Possible: Blood clots in the leg veins does have a slightly increased risk after surgery. Sitting for long time periods can increase the risk of this. But likely there would usually be associated symptoms of leg pain or leg swelling. If you are concerned, you should talk to you surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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If I have a blood clot in my leg, do I have to get surgery?

If I have a blood clot in my leg, do I have to get surgery?

Not typically: If this is a "dvt" or deep venous thrombosis, management usually starts with blood thinning drugs. Surgery or catheter based therapies are usually reserved only for very rare severe cases.

Arterial blood clots are less frequent. If this is an arterial blood clot (arterial thromboembolism), surgery may be warranted urgently to restore blood flow to the leg. ...Read more

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Blood clot falling out after wisdom tooth surgery. How long does this take?

Protect bloodclot: Most surgeons would like you to do all you can to protect the blood clot from coming out! Leaving the blood clot intact promotes good healing and good bone repair in the socket! ...Read more

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If medications can't shrink or get rid of the blood clot in my lungs, will I need surgery to get it out?

If medications can't shrink or get rid of the blood clot in my lungs, will I need surgery to get it out?

Maybe: Pulmonary embolectomy is not a commonly done procedure, but some surgeons specialize in it. Can also try through catheter. If it is necessary in your case, you will be referred. Not usually necessary. ...Read more

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How long should a blood clot stay in your mouth after wisdom tooth surgery before falling out?

How long should a blood clot stay in your mouth after wisdom tooth surgery before falling out?

Forever: The blood clot should never fall out. This is true for any blood clot anywhere in the body. The blood clot will slowly change into the type of tissues needed for healing & repair; in the case of a tooth extraction, it will change into new bone & gum. If you lose the clot, healing with be impaired and delayed. So, don't disturb it, and allow it time to heal. Unfortunately, it is lost sometimes. ...Read more

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Mom needs knee replacement surgery but is scared about blood clots. But if they put her on blood thinners it would be impossible to get a clot right?

Mom needs knee replacement surgery but is scared about blood clots. But if they put her on blood thinners it would be impossible to get a clot right?

Nothing is ever: Impossible in medicine but to reduce the risk of blood clots post knee replacement there are a number of medications that are effective. I am certain that her surgeon is aware of and uses these regularly but discuss it with him/her pre-op to be reassured. ...Read more

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My mother had hip surgery. Was doing well. Blood clot found and taken care of. Now she can no longer walk. Leg feels numb.

My mother had hip surgery. Was doing well. Blood clot found and taken care of. Now she can no longer walk. Leg feels numb.

Let's sort out: Blood clot unlikely to prevent walking now. The leg numbness could well involve peripheral nerve compression, but might wonder if she has had a stroke, or if she might possess problem in lumbar spine such as a stenosis affecting the leg. So, do the variation of possibilities it is quite helpful to now get a skillful neurologist involved. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy and adenoids removed 2 weeks ago had a blood clot in throat and had to get surgery to remove it is my singing voice gone forever?

I had a tonsillectomy and adenoids removed 2 weeks ago had a blood clot in throat and had to get surgery to remove it is my singing voice gone forever?

Unlikely: The surgery to remove the blood clot after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy sounds like you had a post tonsillectomy bleed. This can happen sometimes. Removing the clot and more importantly controlling the bleeding was likely your surgeons goal. Once you heal, you should have no issues with your voice. ...Read more

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How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

2 weeks.: Generally speaking, after about 2 weeks, you're out of the woods, as far as developing blood clots. However, we have seen patients develop them 2-3 weeks after surgery, but that's extremely rare. Check with your surgeon. ...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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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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Post surgery, what does a blood clot feel like?

Post surgery, what does a blood clot feel like?

Like liver!: A new blood clot will feel like a piece of uncooked liver. An old clot will feel (and look) like a piece of old cotton ball that has been stuck in your sink's drain for several months (kind of gross!). Hopefully, you won't have to find out what an old clot in the mouth tastes and smells like! Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Blood clot after ankle surgery, should I be concerned?

Yes: A blood clot in the leg for any reason is potentially life threatening. You need to be monitored and have anti coagulation medication asap. ...Read more

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Leg blood clot from sinus surgery?

Leg blood clot from sinus surgery?

Possible: A period of immobility and surgery can contribute to risk of a blood clot. Especially if surgery was more than an hour. Also if no sequential compression devices on legs during surgery. If curious, call your doc. ...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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I'm having open herina surgery, what are my chances of getting a blood clot from the surgery?

I'm having open herina surgery, what are my chances of getting a blood clot from the surgery?

Low <2 %: Especially if precautions are taken like compression hose and pneumatic stocking during / after surgery. Early ambulation.
They may also add Lovenox (enoxaparin) pre and post op ...Read more

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If a person has had a blood clot already, should they receive blood thinners after upcoming surgery?

If a person has had a blood clot already, should they receive blood thinners after upcoming surgery?

Depends: Depends on where the clot was, how long ago, how many times you had clots. Also type of surgery will be important in deciding the need for prophylactic anti-coagulation. ...Read more

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Will a head blood clot require surgery? Will taking medicine be enough to make the blood clot go away?

Will a head blood clot require surgery? Will taking medicine be enough to make the blood clot go away?

It depends: Depending on the size, nature, and location of the blood clot, surgery may or may not be required. It would also depend on if the clot was causing symptoms or not. ...Read more

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Could I have a blood clot in my forearm after surgery?

Could I have a blood clot in my forearm after surgery?

Uncommon: It's uncommon, but it could happen. However it would likely depend on a number of factors such as your medical health history, location of surgery, amount of stasis or inactivity, gender, use of birth control or other medications, etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I just had surgery from a blood clot hemryorid and I am run a fever why?

I just had surgery from a blood clot hemryorid and I am run a fever why?

Infection: You could have a complication or infection from the procedure. You should check with the doctor that performed the procedure or see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Is it ok to go home and lay down after lap surgery. Or should I walk? I'm afraid of blood clot.

Is it ok to go home and lay down after lap surgery. Or should I walk? I'm afraid of blood clot.

WALK 4 times a day: Any surgery carries an increased risk of blood clots. Smoking, birth control pills, dehydration, and immobility and also increase this risk. The good news is that after minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery you are able to move around sooner and better than after traditional surgery with big incisions. Go slow and rest in between, but do walk at least 20 feet 4 times a day starting right away. ...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 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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Bruising around ankle after ACL surgery, is this a blood clot?

Bruising around ankle after ACL surgery, is this a blood clot?

Probably not: It's probably associated with the knee surgery. Gravity simply allows the blood flow down to the ground and causes the bruising around your ankle. However, if you are having swelling in your calf or thigh with intense pain, you should have a doppler ultrasound to check it. ...Read more

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Why could cause a patient go unconscious for days after having surgery to remove blood clot?

Possibley due to low: Removal of blood clot would not on its own cause prolonged unconsciousness. Complictions related to low o2 caused by the clot could. There are many other causes which I'm sure your doctors will look for. ...Read more

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My surgery waning february and still feeling something that feels like something (catheter) was in my arm. Is a blood clot the only explanation?

My surgery waning february and still feeling something that feels like something (catheter) was in my arm. Is a blood clot the only explanation?

IV site phlebitis: If the cord in your arm is close by where your iv, (intravenous) catheter was inserted, then you may have superficial phlebitis. Phlebitis is a localized irritation of your vein and common after surgery of any IV site. Ice and Aspirin and time, should resolve the cord. Okay to show your doc. If it turns red or drains go in for evaluation. ...Read more

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2 years ago I had a calcified blood clot removed from my left side below my rib. I'm having sharp pains in that same spot again. Do I need surgery?

2 years ago I had a calcified blood clot removed from my left side below my rib. I'm having sharp pains in that same spot again. Do I need surgery?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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My grandmother collapsed and is in surgery for blood clot in her brain. What is her chance of survival. She is 79 years old.

My grandmother collapsed and is in surgery for blood clot in her brain. What is her chance of survival. She is 79 years old.

Not enough info.: I'm so sorry she's ill! It is impossible to give you a precise answer, since we don't know the cause or extent of the damage, or her general condition before this happened. Since she is getting surgery, someone feels like that will improve her chances, which is good. Time will tell. When talking to the surgeon, have a list of questions ready and make sure you right down the answers, for later. ...Read more

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Why does my calf hurt after meniscus surgery and I don't have an blood clot in my leg?

Why does my calf hurt after meniscus surgery and I don't have an blood clot in my leg?

See below: If you have eliminated a clot or phlebitis as a possibility you need to have the area of injury evaluated
you may not be walking evenly and this might be the cause for muscular pain in the calf. ...Read more

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When does the blood clot falling out after wisdom tooth surgery usually happen?

When does the blood clot falling out after wisdom tooth surgery usually happen?

Ideally you: Don't want the blood clot to fall out. The blood clot is the foundation matrix for the formation of bone to fill the socket. If the blood clot is to degenerate / be lost then you develop a dry socket (48-72 hours) post extraction. If you adequately follow all the instructions given post extraction hopefully you should be fine. Hope this helps. ...Read more