Leg Straps For C-Section: Now A Routine

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Pregnant women are at a lot of risk in developing different types of diseases—pre, intra or post-natal, the risk goes just the same. DVT or deep vein thrombosis is one of the conditions which most physicians watch out for, in persons who undergo caesarian section or other surgeries involving incising the area near the hips. Because DVT is considered an emergent condition, this is what most surgeons, especially those doing C-Sections look forward to eliminate. One method of eliminating the risks of DVT is through inflatable boots strapped on the legs.

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

During the course of c-section or any other surgery, blood clots may develop because of the veins and arteries which may be ligated, cauterized or incised in the process. Many of these blood clots may form of get deposited into the veins of the hips or the calf. Good thing if the clots stay stationary and do not get detached from the vessels… but one dangerous event is when these clots travel through the circulatory system. When these clots travel to the systemic circulation, it can lead to respiratory distress and subsequently heart attack. The “thrombus” now becomes and embolus and travels the course of the blood flow, even up to the lungs and heart.

Signs and Symptoms of Embolism

One important sign to look for in women suspected for DVT is a pain in the calf upon dorsiflexion of the feet. This is called Homan’s Sign. When this occurs, interventions need to be given like giving blood thinners, and the like. Other signs and symptoms of embolism is difficulty in breathing, restlessness and pain in the chest.

The compression devices which many obstetricians suggest are slipped over each leg and regularly inflated and deflated to allow the blood to flow more briskly and efficiently. These inflatable straps are supposed to be worn before the C-section begins and this will greatly help lessen the risk of developing DVT. The average expense that these compression devices will incur is about $14 and this is definitely not a bid deal especially when it involves preventing a potentially complicated condition.

Other Conditions Causing DVT

There are also certain conditions, apart from pregnancy and C-section, which increase the risk of developing DVT. Some of them are surgery to the hips like hip replacement, leg surgeries, foot surgeries, intake of birth control pills, as well as obesity.

Meanwhile, here are tips by which you can prevent the occurrence of DVT during pregnancy and C-section:

-          Maintain an active lifestyle. As a pregnant woman, it is very important to move. Apart from giving you a form of exercise, it can also help you widen your pelvic bone making delivery easier.

-          Manage your weight properly. This can be done through proper exercise and diet.

-          Quit smoking. It is said that nicotine increases the blood clotting mechanism of our body leading more formation of blood clots or thrombi.

-          Elevate the foot of your bed regularly.

-          Wear stockings which compress your legs while sleeping and upon waking up to compress your legs’ veins and allow blood to flow efficiently.




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