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Patient information

Depending on your risk factors, the nature of your operation or illness, and your ability to walk about, you may receive one or more of the following common treatment interventions:

  • Special socks/stockings (antiembolic stockings) are elasticated medical stockings, which may be calf or thigh-length, and are usually prescribed to improve blood flow in your lower limbs. It is essential that they are used properly to avoid further risks occurring. 
  • Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) devices mimic the beneficial effects of walking by helping to actively squeeze the blood back up your legs to the heart. A garment is fitted around each of your legs or feet, and is attached to a machine that massages your legs by inflating a section of the garment. This device is typically used until you become more mobile.
  • Drug therapy may be prescribed, in tablet or injection form, to reduce blood clotting (coagulation). These drugs are called anticoagulants and, as with many other drugs, there may be side effects to look out for. Ask your nurse or doctor to explain these to you. The most common types of anticoagulation are:
  • Heparin, which is administered as a small injection just below the skin. 
  • Low dose aspirin, which reduces the stickiness of the blood and prevents clotting when a very small amount of aspirin is taken regularly.

If you have any concerns regarding your risk of DVT while in the hospital , please contact your physician.

For more detailed information, including causes and risk factors associated with DVT, please download the Arjo Patient Information Leaflet.