Prevent Blood clots after ankle surgery.

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A person just responded to my pre and post ankle surgery question she said she had to give herself anti blood clotting injections . No one else so far has mentioned that they had to do this . This is really concerning me.

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    I did put a post previously about this. I was put on low dose asprin, after all my surgeries. I know 2 people who have developed clots, with life threatening consequences, who were not put on anything when they broke their leg. You probably don't need injections, but you do need something. And compression, antiembolic stockings.

     

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    Speak to your surgeon before the op to see what they advise

    I asked and was given injections for 6 weeks for prevention

    They are very easy to do

    I was apprehensive before but they show you how to do it in the hosp

    Better to be save and prevent

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    Dear Susan

    Whilst I was in hospital I was given these once a day I think. I also wore one of those elastic stockings which I found greatly helped to control the swelling.

    Cheers

    Richard

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    Hi Susan. So sorry if it's frightened you, but you will I'm sure have the these injections while you are in hospital. They go just below the belly button. On discharge you will get shown how to do them. While reading and writing on these forums, some people not many though did say that they were given oral meds instead of the injection. I think it's all according to where you live? But don't he afraid to ask. This is where these forums become informative., and allow us to find out these things so we know in advance. Please don't worry about it,. Makes a list of your worries and ask your questions. Sx

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      Dear Susan

      I've recently had a hip revision and because I was on long term blood thinning tablets I did not need the injections.

      Good luck with your surgery.

      Cheers Richard

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      Okay - Thank you. Sandra . It's better to get all the information so you are prepared. It did scare me but you are just telling the truth.

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    Hi

    I live in the U.K. and it is standard procedure here to give everyone 6 weeks of blood thinning injections into their stomach once they have ankle surgery as the evidence shows it significantly cuts down the chance of clots in the leg after. A pain to do it, but worth it. Ask your drs for it.

    Good luck

    Janey

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    I would speak to your Drs, I'm not sure where abouts you are based but in the uk it's pretty much a standard post op treatment.

    Try not to worry in the mean time though, like others have said get all of your questions written down so you are prepared.

    The drug/injections are called fragmin or dalteparin, it's a low molecular weight anti coag that thins your blood ever so slightly so therefore reduces the risk of blood clots/DVTs/PE.

    It's different to other anti coagulants as it only stays in your body for 24hrs so a new injection is needed every day. (I only know this as I'm a Sister on a Surgical Trauma Unit in the UK).

    We use it at work for pretty much all surgical patients nowadays, just because they are immobile for longer periods of time than they normal would be.

    I've had a fair few ankle ops now but only had it for this operation, the injections are really simple to use and I guess would give you a little piece of mind.

    Let us all know how you get on. Xx

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      Hi Susan

      Well I know here in the US we are given Aspirin 325mg just had THR and that is what my surgeon gAve me just had to stop it this week due to tendon surgery next Tuesday. Just never heard of injections here in the US.

      Good.luck with your surgery

      Barbara

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    I'm in the US and I gave myself the blood thinner shots for a month after knee replacement surgery, but I didn't have any kind of blood thinner after my ankle surgery. I had a talonavicular joint fusion.

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      Hi Becky I am in San Antonio Texas. They are putting a plate on one side of ankle and The Doc said a couple of screws on the other side . I will ask them about all this about blood thinner to prevent clotting tomorrow. Thanks for responding.
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      You couldn't have chosen a hotter time of the year to deal with all this if you'd tried! I've lived all over Texas and there aren't really any cool spots in the summer.

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