Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis -- a potentially fatal condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the veins located deep within the muscles of the legs or arms -- is most likely to occur during or just after surgery, so it's important to take precautions. Medications and other treatments work both to prevent clots from forming and to dissolve them and minimize damage.

Blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are very serious risks for patients who go into the hospital for surgery but can be prevented with safety measures such as anti-clotting drugs and compression stockings.

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An acute deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can be quite painful, but pain usually resolves once the clot has gone away and the swelling goes down. During this acute phase, pain medications can be used to reduce discomfort.