DVT - discharge; Blood clot in the legs - discharge; Thromboembolism - discharge
You were treated for deep venous thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is not on or near the surface of the body.
It mainly affects the large veins in the lower leg and thigh. The clot can block blood flow. If the clot breaks off and moves through the bloodstream, it can get stuck in the brain, lungs, heart, or other areas of the body, leading to severe damage.
Wear the pressure stockings prescribed by your doctor. They will improve blood flow in your legs and may lower your risk of long-term complications and problems with blood clots.
Avoid letting the stockings become very tight or wrinkled.
If you use lotion on your legs, let it dry before you put the stockings on.
Put powder on your legs to make it easier to put on the stockings.
Wash the stockings each day with mild soap and water. Rinse and let them air dry.
Be sure you have a second pair of stockings to wear while the other pair is being washed.
If your stockings feel too tight, tell your doctor or nurse. Do not just stop wearing them.
Guyatt GH, Akl EA, Crowther M, et al. Executive Summary: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis. 9th ed. American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest. 2012;141(2 suppl):7s-47s. PMID: 22315257 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22315257.
Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.