Do This – Not That: Preventing Blood Clots After Hysterectomy
Is there anything I can do to prevent a blood clot from developing during recovery?
You’ve been warned to watch for blood clots following your hysterectomy. You diligently went over the list of symptoms to watch for, but you want to do more. There’s got to be something you can do to be proactive. It seems unsafe to just wait and see if a blood clot forms. That sounds too risky.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take. You don’t have to lie around and do nothing – that increases your risk anyway!
- Before surgery, tell your doctor if you have extra risk factors.
- If you’re overweight and have the time, lose some weight before your hysterectomy.
- Start exercising before your hysterectomy.
- Ask if you should be using some type of blood thinner like aspirin during your recovery.
- As soon as possible, walk, walk, walk – but stay within your doctor’s recommendations.
- Ask your doctor about leg and arm exercises you can do while recovering.
- Keep your feet elevated as much as possible during your recovery.
- Wiggle your toes whenever possible.
- If directed by your doctor, wear compression stockings.
- Wear loose fitting clothing.
- Take all medication that are prescribed after surgery.
- Eat as healthy as possible.
- Stay hydrated — drink plenty of water.
- Don’t sit or lie in one position for an extended period.
- Don’t wear tight socks for long periods of time.
- Don’t skip any doses of prescribed anticoagulants.
- Don’t stay in one position too long – get up and move or at least change positions.
- Don’t consume a lot of salt.
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Don’t smoke.
- Don’t travel long distances during recovery without checking with your surgeon.
- Don’t get on an airplane until released by your surgeon.
- Don’t hesitate to call your doctor or visit an ER if you have ANY concerns.
If you have risk factors, such as diabetes, some extra fluff, or a prior history of blood clots, be sure to talk to your doctor about any extra precautions you can take. You may be prescribed compression stockings, a circulation booster, or blood thinning medications to use at home.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Do This – Not That: Preventing Blood Clots After Hysterectomy