Care for the legs and feet after surgery begins in the hospital. After surgery, the risk of circulation complications can increase due to infection or inactivity.
Poor circulation can cause conditions such as:
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is caused by the formation of a blood clot in the deep venous system. This can occur following surgery or trauma to the legs, and causes stagnation of the blood flow in the leg. DVT is especially dangerous if the clot breaks away and travels to the lungs, leading to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. DVT can also form during long-haul flights, where the combination of cramped spaces, immobility, and air pressure differences increase DVT risk dramatically.
Pulmonary Embolism occurs when blood clots break loose from the leg and travel through the heart to the lung, partially or completely blocking a pulmonary artery or one of its branches.
Signs and symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism include:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
- Sharp chest pain (especially during deep breathing)
Some patients may:
- Cough up blood
- Develop dangerously low blood pressure
- Pass out
Anti-Embolism stockings provide the medically-proven benefits of graduated compression to offer effective support, as well as soft, durable materials for outstanding comfort and fit.