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Blood Clots after Chevron Osteotomy

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by westcoastgirl, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. westcoastgirl

    westcoastgirl New Member


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    I just met with my surgeon today and I'm considering Chevron Osteotomy to relieve my bunion pain. He seems to be a very approachable guy and I plan to go back to have more questions answered prior to the actual surgery. In advance of that I decided to do a little research on the procedure and some of the side-effect the surgeon outline. Of particular concern to me is blood clots due to my positive family history (mom had dvt after casting a broken ankle and sister had pulmonary emboli after a 5 day induced coma for heart issues). My surgeon knows about this history and suggested he would put me on asprin after the surgery. Based on my reading, it does sound like blood clots are a possible complication yet are they as likely with my surgery (chevron osteotomy) as with other more invasive foot surgeries. In many ways, it sounds like a relatively minor surgery. Knowing the risk of blood clots in my family, does daily asprin post-surgery sound like a reasonable course of action? Are there things I can do in advance of surgery to make blood clots less likely? Are there other questions I should be asking my surgeon before I agree to the surgery?
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

    It is rare that serious embolus formation is a direct result of the actual surgery of the feet, but lower extremity muscular inactivity following the surgery, venous stasis, possibly varicose veins and a predisposition to the formation of deep vein thromboses is certainly a possibility when ambulation is restricted as is sometimes the case for an extended period of time post surgery. I always advise my patients to elevate the legs, perform leg exercises involving the muscles of the lower extremities and to use compression bandaging up the leg. I personally do not place patients on a dosage of aspirin to thin the blood, but that is up to the attending surgeon. I know of nothing worthwhile which can be done in advance of the surgery other than to learn the proper exercises to assist in good venous return. Make sure your doctor is aware of your concerns.
     
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