Term: Post-operative Thromboembolism

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-07-20

Definition:

A post-operative thromboembolism refers to a blood clot that occurs after surgery, either in a deep vein, usually in the leg (deep-vein thrombosis) or in an artery of the lung (pulmonary embolism). Walking and staying active as soon as possible after surgery can reduce the risk of post-operative thromboembolism. Other preventive measures include compression stockings (plastic sleeves that fit around the legs and help circulate the blood).

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