Watkins Medical Centre
Level 8, 225 Wickham Terrace,
Spring Hill QLD, 4000

All appointments
Phone: (07) 3831 7034

 

Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) means the development of a blood clot in a vein - usually in a leg vein. This can happen at any time though it is particularily a problem when the legs are held still and after recent trauma (such as surgery). The danger of this condition is that a clot can beak off and travel to the lungs. If the size of the clot is very large this can proove fatal. It is important in the post-operative period to keep the muscles in the calf and leg moving. This promotes flow of blood in the veins and helps prevent the condition. The symptoms of a DVT can include calf pain and swelling - if this occurs you need to report it to your surgeon.