ANCHOR LEAD: THE RISK OF FORMING A BLOOD CLOT FOLLOWING SURGERY IS HIGHER THAN ANYONE KNEW, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Blood clot formation following surgery isn’t a surprise, but data from the Million Women Study, which is collecting health information from almost a million women in the United Kingdom, shows the risk is higher and persists longer than anyone knew. Pam Lipsett, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins, says deep vein thrombosis or DVT, and pulmonary embolism, or PE, are concerns.
LIPSETT: Patients with orthopedic surgery, hip fracture, hip replacement, women with cancer and general surgery, all surgeries were at significant risk, but in particular women with orthopedic surgery and cancer surgery, the risk of DVT and PE associated with death was almost 70 or 100 times greater depending on the risk group and it extended out four months and includes both inpatient and outpatient surgery. :30
Lipsett says use of anticlotting agents such as coumidin should likely be continued longer to avoid blood clot formation. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.