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.
DVT Prophylaxis. While it is true that people with cancer have a higher risk of blood clots, other factors play an important role including the length and type of operation and one's overall health. When the risk is significant, we use blood thinners immediately before and after the operation. With lesser risk, we can use mechanical compression boots, but they are only of limited benefit.
Limit risk. Depending on you risk, your doctor may make recommendations. You should remain active and not sedentery. The more time spent in bed, the higher the risk of blood clots. Compression stockings also decrease risk. The risk remains for about 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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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?

No! Aspirin is an anti-platelet drug that increases bleeding. Avoid Aspirin as well as ibuprofen, naproxen, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids).
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.
No. Do not take any form of Aspirin before surgery.

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

The. The best thing for you to do in this situation is to ask your doctor that cared for you while you were in the hospital why the second injection was given in the arm. Honestly it will be very difficult for anyone to comment on why the injections were given as they were since we did not order them and were not there. If there is any concern by your doctor, everything should be documented in your chart. For the future if you have any questions or concerns question the nursing staff or doctor right away. I hope you find answers soon.
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).

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

No. Postoperative patients are at higher risk for developing blood clots.
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.

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.

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.
Risk factors. This depends on assessing your risk factors & nature of the surgery. Prior history, weight, age, meds, air travel, family history, varicose veins, recent surgery, pelvic or venous manipulation, length of surgery are all risk factors. More than 5 of these places you at higher risk. See image and: http://www. Covidien. Com/imageserver. Aspx/doc245285.Pdf? Contentid=31695&contenttype=application/pdf.

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.

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.