Evaluating Plastic Surgery Patients for Risk of Blood Clot with Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes
Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon, Evaluates Blood Clot Risk for Plastic Surgery Patients
By: Dr. Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
What are blood clots and what relevance do they have in regard to patients seeking elective plastic surgery? Blood clots refer to clots in occluded vessels in the deep venous systems of the legs and sometimes arms that may dislodge and produce pulmonary emboli. These migrating clots may then prevent air exchange and lead to patient death.
Obviously, these blood clots or DVTs are not favorable outcomes and they are to be avoided and prevented to the extent possible. These are many risk factors which can increase the risk for blood clots, pulmonary emboli, and death. Some of these are summarizes in the Caprini risk assessment index. Patients with previous blood clots or pulmonary emboli are particularly susceptible to a repeat occurrence. Patients who have family members with blood clots may have inherited conditions.
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