The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released their latest recommendations to make plastic surgery procedures safer for patients. Although rare, blood clots in the legs, also called deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can happen after any surgery and cause serious complications. In an effort to provide the highest level of care for patients undergoing plastic surgery, ASPS formed a task force to study the issue and make recommendations for surgeons. These latest guidelines include the use of the Caprini Risk Assessment Module which lets surgeons calculate a risk level for DVT and then provide proper interventions to decrease the risk.
For any patient considering a major surgery, be sure you follow your surgeon’s recommendations for decreasing the risk of DVT and read the ASPS information material on DVT.
- Source: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Volume 130, Page 168e, 2012
- Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2012