Women: protect against blood clots after surgery

The British Medical Journal just published this research that examined how big a problem blood clots after different types of surgery are for women and how long the danger lasts. “Women were 70 times more likely to be admitted with venous thromboembolism in the first six weeks after an inpatient operation and 10 times more likely after a day case operation. The risks were lower but still substantially increased 7-12 weeks after surgery…” The real surprise here is how long the risk lasts. I customize a surgical support protocol for everyone undergoing an operation and the surgeons are typically surprised at how well the patients recover. It includes systemic enzymes to reduce inflammation, scarring and clotting. This valuable study suggests that the enzymes should be continued for longer than I have recommended in the past. BMJ

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