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Unread 05-16-2002, 06:09 AM
blood clots

Dear Sister, I had a c-section in 1997 and two weeks after the surgery I began to have pain in my left leg. Another week went by before anyone discovered that it was a blood clot. I spent a week in the hospital on heparin and another year on blood thinners. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to avoid getting a blood clot? I was very active after the surgery so that was not the problem.
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Unread 05-16-2002, 06:17 AM
blood clots!


Because I have a blood clotting disorder (antiphospholipid syndrome) I had to seek out a doctor who specializes in high risk surgeries for women. He has already checked my clotting time (which is too fast) and knows to put me on heparin during surgery and I believe that he said he was going to put something on my legs to help keep the circulation going. My rheumatogists had me go on a baby aspirin a day to prevent blood clots. Of course these are things my doctors did. Always consult your doctor first!

Unread 05-16-2002, 07:19 AM
blood clots

Please be sure your doctor knows about the blood clot. THis automatically makes your suregery "high risk". I have the same problem, but I got my clots from birth control pills. The doctor is starting me on Heprin 1 week before the surgery and said I will be taking for quite some time afterwards too. Just be sure and tell your . My surgery is before yours, so I will let you know how it goes, as far as being "high risk".
Take care! :Hug: to see you thru,
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Unread 05-16-2002, 09:53 AM
blood clots

My doc had them administer lovenox (I think!) before they took me back to the OR. I have had two previous DVTs. I also had the lovely support hose for my d&c and the scope. For the hyst I had the "pump" stockings.

I didn't have any problems.
Unread 05-16-2002, 10:05 AM
blood clots

I developed clots during pregnancy and was on heparin injections till delivery.
That was 17+ years ago. My doc recommended daily aspirin regimen, and NO estrogen (no HRT).
I went off the pill and have been taking that baby aspirin since. A nice red wine (one glass) daily is also a good idea.
Be sure that you notify ALL of your doctors and dentists of the phlebitis history.
I also carry a medic alert keychain with anticoagulant on it.
Take care
Unread 05-17-2002, 05:55 AM
blood clots

Thank you all for your answers. This doc is the same one who did my c-section 5 years ago. I think I will call him today and remind him of the blood clot history and ask if he wants me to do anything before surgery.

Thanks for the advice

Unread 05-17-2002, 06:04 AM
blood clots

I'm so glad you are calling your doctor about this! I had "teddy hose" with massaging things on me once I was in my room. DH couldn't get how I could sleep with the machine going on and off. I told him I was drugged up!

Unread 05-17-2002, 11:53 AM
re: heparin

Just a note to tell you about my experience with the Heparin. I am currently 11 days post-op from TAH/BSO. While I was in the hospital I was given 2 shots of Heparin per day in the abdomen. I meant to ask the doc why but couldn't seem to remember to do it while I was in the hospital in a fog! LOL I will be sure and ask him at my 3 week check-up. However one of the nurses told me that sometimes they do this now as a preventive measure for blood clots. Has anyone else had these? Would like to hear your doc's reasons. Thanks.
Unread 05-17-2002, 02:10 PM
Injections in stomach

The injections I received right before my surgery were in the abdomen also.
Unread 05-17-2002, 04:59 PM
freaking out about blood clots

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!! I don't want to get shots in my abdomen.........WOW, that sounds painful.....Be very honest with me Did it hurt?

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