Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery (Deep Vein Thrombosis and TKA)
We explore the major obstacles to a successful recovery in a series of blogs. Here we start with Deep Vein Thrombosis (a.k.a. DVT). Let’s begin with a definition:
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body. This can happen if a vein becomes damaged or if the blood flow within a vein slows down or stops. While there are a number of risk factors for developing a DVT, two of the most common are experiencing an injury to your lower body and having surgery that involves your hips or legs. It is a concern for those who undergo a total knee replacement surgery.
Take This Condition Very Seriously
A clot could also land in the heart and cause a heart attack or stroke. Even if a blood clot does not break free, it may cause permanent damage to the valves in the vein. This damage can lead to long-term problems in the leg such as pain, swelling, and leg sores.
In many cases, DVT occurs without noticeable symptoms. And it can be very difficult to detect. For this reason, doctors focus on preventing the development of DVT using different types of therapies, depending upon a patient’s needs. Your doctor will take steps to prevent DVT if you have a major fracture or are having lower extremity surgery—including total hip or total knee replacement.
Symptoms to Watch For
- Pain or tenderness in your leg
- Swelling or warmth in your leg
- Red or discolored skin on your leg
- Veins that stick out
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Sudden chest pain
- Painful breathing
For more on detecting DVT’s visit this link.
The Homan’s Test for Blood Clots
with Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck
After Total Knee Replacement
Deep Vein Thrombosis and TKA
Watch this space for additional articles covering the obstacles in the way of a complete knee replacement recovery.
The X10 Meta-Blog
We call it a “Meta-Blog.” In these articles we step back and give you a broad perspective on all aspects of knee health. We explore surgery and recovery and such subjects as ‘Deep Vein Thrombosis and TKA’.
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