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Blood Clots and Surgery

An article came out this past December on the  British Medical Journal website.  It talked about blood clots following surgery.  Contrary to common accepted practices by physicians they are seeing “blood clots” or “DVTs”  occurring much longer after surgery than originally thought.  After many orthopedic surgeries patients are taking medications to reduce the chance of blood clots that can result in death.  Some people are at a higher risk of developing blood clots than others.  Keep this in mind when discussing your upcoming orthopedic surgery with your physician.  Follow this link to read more about this study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091203222141.htm
The following is a list of a few things that you can do to reduce the chance of developing clots:

  • Keep moving- Get up every two hours during the day
  • Pump your ankles in a elevated position above the heart
  • Avoid sitting for prolonged periods
  • Take your medications
  • Call your doctor if you develop-  pain,warmth, swelling, or redness

Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of blood clots are not always easily recognized and be a gradual onset.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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