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Myomectomy Risk: Blood Clots

There is a slight myomectomy risk of blood clots, both during and after surgery. This can be dangerous, even life threatening, if a clot gets stuck in an artery or vein and blocks the flow of blood. If you are concerned about this myomectomy risk and blood clots are something you have had before, tell your doctor so that preventive steps can be taken.

Myomectomy Risk: Blood Clots

Every time you have a cut or bruise, whether inside or outside your body, your blood clots to help stop the bleeding, so that you don't lose too much blood. However, in some cases, blood clots can harm you rather than help you. A blood clot can be dangerous if it breaks away and gets stuck in blood vessels in your body. When a blood clot gets stuck in an artery or vein, it can block the flow of blood.
After a myomectomy, one place that clots can form is in the legs. This is more common in patients who have blockages from fatty buildup in the arteries of their legs. When a clot blocks blood flow in an artery, tissue in the leg may not get enough blood and oxygen, and may be damaged or even die. In rare cases, the leg may need to be amputated. Clots that form in the arteries are called arterial clots.
Another kind of blood clot in the legs can form in the veins. This is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and it can occur following many types of surgical procedures. In rare cases, these clots can migrate from your leg to your lung, where they may cause shortness of breath. This is known as a pulmonary embolus. If this happens, it is usually treated with blood-thinning medication.
You should let your surgeon know if you have ever had blood clots in your legs.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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