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Blood thinning medication given within 12 hours of surgery

VTE Prophylaxis thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots developing after surgery. It is recommended that it should be effective if given within the first 12 hours after surgery.


A venous thrombus is a blood clot (thrombus) that forms within a vein. Thrombosis is a term for a blood clot occurring inside a blood vessel. A common type of venous thrombosis is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg. If the thrombus breaks off (embolizes) and flows towards the lungs, it can become a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lungs. VTE therapy is the medication that thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots.
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