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Unread 03-31-2005, 01:38 PM
blood clots

I know they try to prevent them but has anyone had trouble or heard of anyone having trouble with blood clots after surgery??

Thanks, TAH 4/13.....getting nervous
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Unread 03-31-2005, 02:39 PM
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My dad did after a polectomy (removal of part of the lung) HOWEVER, he didn't walk -- in fact didn't get out of bed unless forced to. He had about 4 feet of tubing in his chest and hooked up to a machine to keep air out of the thoracic cavilty. It was obvious it hurt.

I can tell you since then (and he has been re-hospitalized many times) -- he moves now.

You will have elastic stockings or pressure boots on to prevent this - but the best thing you can do is move --- I learned so much with my Dad and the blood clot he developed. I'll push my button for morphine and walk - I might make 4 steps the first try, the next time will be five. I think my first words will be "get me on my feet and moving". All I have to remember is my dad in CICU because of the blood clot (and his heart and lungs being damaged) -- I'll move if it kills me.
Unread 03-31-2005, 03:58 PM
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I had a similar attitude going into surgery--my dad died of pulmonary thromboembolism at age 54 (after a week in the hospital with kidney stones), so I made sure everyone at the hospital knew it-- and they had those pneumo-boots on me the minute I climbed onto the table in OR. I kept them on for the first night, and after that I walked every chance I got. Once I got home I made it a point not to stay in bed longer than an hour before I got up and moved around.

Yes, it hurt to get out of bed the first day or two, but that's what the PCA is for. Once I was up and moving, the pain disappeared. I'm four weeks today and nary a sign of clotting, so it must have worked...
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Unread 03-31-2005, 04:18 PM
blood clots

Thanks for writing I will be having the pneumo boots as well and I will get up and walk. I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to walk due to the pain but it sounds like everyone is able to get up with the help of some drugs so that is great, hope that it is the same for myself.

Unread 04-01-2005, 07:38 AM
blood clots

Yep, the first time out of bed can be rough. I remember thinking my incision would just fly open, but the nurse assured me it would be fine, and it was. She taught me to push the morphine button, then swing up and out of bed (slowly and gently, mind you) and steady myself before walking. The worst part for me, because I'm so fluffy, was the "belly drop" when I stood up (I put undies on immediately after my first time up and the support helped). Once I started walking the pain virtually disappeared. Pushing the IV pole is kind of klutzy but you get used to it. My nurses urged me to walk as much as I could and I was surprised at how good it made me feel, not just bellywise but all over.

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