Just like other surgeries, orthopedic surgeries can result in blood clots. Blood clots, if they happen, typically occur within two weeks of the TKR (total knee replacement). They can, however, happen in the OR (operating room) or just a few hours after the surgery takes place.
If your client happens to get a blood clot after surgery, do not count on them to be released from the hospital right away. They will have to stay in order to ensure their own safety and to make certain that they do not have another clot develop.
While blood clots that develop in the lower extremities are a minor risk, when age is a factor, that may be an extra risk for your clients. If they should have a clot dislodge and travel through their body to their heart or lungs, this could cause some serious health concerns. If you know about it, then you can watch because if you don’t pay attention, blood clots can prove fatal in rare cases.
In order to know what you are looking for, check with their doctor and follow these preventative measures:
- blood thinning medications: Your doctor will likely recommend that your client take medications like warfarin (Coumadin), heparin, or enoxaparin (Lovenox) to reduce the risk of clots after surgery. Talk with the doctor to understand any side effects caused by these medications.
- techniques to improve circulation: Their doctor may suggest treatments like support stockings, lower leg exercises, calf pumps, or elevating your client’s legs to help increase circulation and prevent clots from forming.
By realizing all this, you can show your clients that With Age Comes Respect.