Facts About Venous Thromboembolism
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) refers to a disease process that includes two serious conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
DVT occurs in approximately two million Americans each year. Of those who develop PE, up to 200,000 will die annually. Only about one-third of patients with DVT experience the classic signs and symptoms. Many patients with a DVT or PE have no symptoms .
RISK FACTORS AND SYMPTOMS
DVT and PE may be debilitating or fatal, making it important to be aware of the risks and symptoms. Patients who are considering plastic surgery should consult with their healthcare provider about the signs and symptoms associated with DVT, as well as their individual risks.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you believe you are at risk or if you are undergoing a surgical procedure, speak with your doctor about prevention of DVT and PE.
VTE AND PLASTIC SURGERY
Despite a relatively low percentage of VTE events reported for plastic surgery as compared to other surgical specialties, plastic surgery patients require VTE prevention and prophylaxis. According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), an estimated 18,000 cases of DVT may occur each year in plastic surgery patients. As more patients seek plastic surgery and surgeons perform more complex and/or combined procedures, each should receive the most appropriate method of prophylaxis for his or her individual condition.
ASAPS has joined the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis in their mission to reduce the immediate and long-term dangers of deep-vein thrombosis DVT and PE by educating the public, healthcare professionals and policy-makers about risk factors, symptoms and signs associated with DVT, as well as identifying evidence-based measures to prevent morbidity and mortality from DVT and PE. For more information about DVT and PE, please visit www.preventdvt.org.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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