What surgeries can cause blood clots?

When the body experiences major tissue damage, this can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) because trauma to tissues triggers the blood clotting mechanism.

Surgical procedures that increase DVT risk:
  • hip replacement
  • knee surgery
  • pelvic surgery (gynecological procedures, hernia repair, etc.)
  • recent surgery (within the last month)
  • any surgery longer than 4 hours
  • cesarean section (any form of childbirth increases risk, but particularly cesarean section)
  • implantation of a pacemaker

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