How Can Blood Clots be Prevented?

Before your surgery, stop smoking. Work on getting rid of any extra pounds you’re carrying. Talk to your doctor if you need help.

After your surgery, you’ll want to keep your blood moving. Your doctor may prescribe blood thinner medicines, which are also called anticoagulants. They make it harder for your blood to stick together and form clots.

Simple movements, such as leg lifts while you’re in bed, can improve blood flow. You might need to take pain medicine so you can exercise comfortably. Elastic compression stockings or a compression device can help stop blood from pooling in your veins.

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