By writing this article I do not intend to scare anyone.
Keep in mind that cosmetic surgery today is very safe, but it is important to know that it is a medical act and therefore it must be carried out safely. Prevention of venous thrombosis is one of the WHO’s goals in terms of patient safety. It can affect any surgical, cancer or trauma patient. In Plastic Surgery as well. But it can be prevented and this is the responsibility of both the patient and us surgeons. As a representative of your safety as a plastic surgery patient, I have found it important to share it with you.
Because as always I emphasize the safety of you as my patient is a priority.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Venous thrombosis is the formation of clots (thrombi) within the veins that impede circulation within them and that can detach (emboli), blocking circulation in other organs (embolism), the most common being pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a very serious complication of surgery, although fortunately it is very rare. When we talk about deep vein thrombosis we refer to the veins in the legs. In aviation you will know it as the economy class syndrome. How are thrombi formed? The presence of varicose veins in the legs is a predisposing factor to the formation of thrombi. The circulation is slowed down. Some coagulation disorders also predispose to thrombus formation. In surgery, general anesthesia causes peripheral vascular dilation, so the blood slows down. The position in the operating room also predisposes to slower circulation. The longer the operation lasts, the more risk of thrombi forming.
“A high percentage of patients develop thrombi in the veins of the calf muscles, but they disappear on their own in many people. The problem is that small group where they do not solve themselves.”
Why is venous thrombosis important in plastic surgery?
Liposuction, abdominoplasty and postbariatric surgery (lipectomies after massive weight loss) are the procedures where deep vein thrombosis can most occur. It is not more than 1%, very rare, but given the severe consequences it can have, it is very important to prevent it.
How to avoid deep vein thrombosis in Plastic surgery?
Well, taking some preventive measures, which begin at the first medical consultation. We will ask about:
With a few simple steps it is easy to have a safe surgery and achieve the best results in your cosmetic surgery.