DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

DVT in High Risk Orthopedic Surgery

Venous thromboembolic disease (VTED) can lead to various major complications and is the most common reason for emergency readmissions following hip or knee arthroplasty, including the development of symptomatic DVT, bleeding, and pulmonary embolus (PE), the latter possibly being fatal. Although the incidences of symptomatic DVT and PE are low, the incidence of asymptomatic DVT has been estimated to be 20 percent or higher in patients undergoing primary hip and knee arthroplasty. Current practice guidelines recommend the use of mechanical compressive devices for patients with a history of a bleeding disorder and/or active liver disease.

Use BioHorizon Medical's Sequential Compression Device to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), blood clots that start in the leg or groin. Those clots have the potential to travel into the lungs causing a blockage known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) which can result in sudden death. These devices achieve therapeutic benefits while providing the patient with comfort.

DVT in High Risk Pregnancies

Pregnant women have a fourfold to fivefold increased risk of thromboembolism compared with nonpregnant women. Approximately 80% of thromboembolic events in pregnancy are venous. Venous thromboembolism, including pulmonary embolism, accounts for 1.1 deaths per 100,000 deliveries, or 9% of all maternal deaths in the United States. Cesarean delivery approximately doubles the risk of venous thromboembolism. Given this increased risk, placement of pneumatic compression devices before cesarean delivery is recommended for all women not already receiving thromboprophylaxis.

Obstetricians have recently called for revisions in health guidelines to include a DVT sequential compression device as required wear for any woman before and during a scheduled cesarean section. Our Sequential Pumps work by mimicking the blood pumping action in the leg to promote normal blood flow and are commonly used on patients with a high risk of thromboembolism.