Blood Clots and Laparoscopic Surgery

When balls of blood material collect inside a blood vessel, these are called blood clots and laparoscopic surgery can cause these to occur. Because your doctors try to prevent clots from occurring, it usually isn't a serious problem. However, if the blood clots move to certain parts of the body, it can be fatal. Blood clots are typically treated with blood-thinning medication.

Blood Clots and Laparoscopic Surgery: An Overview

A potential complication of laparoscopic surgery is developing a blood clot within a blood vessel. A blood clot is a collection of blood material that clots into a ball inside a vessel. Because your body has ways of dealing with blood clots, most are not serious and not even noticeable.
Your healthcare provider will make every effort to minimize your chances of developing a serious clot. Blood clots can become dangerous when they break off from the wall of a blood vessel and travel to various organs. The clot can then partially or completely block blood flow in one of these organs, causing the organ to have a decreased blood supply past the site of the blockage. This can eventually lead to significant damage to that organ.
Small clots are usually not a significant problem; however, larger clots can cause serious problems. One serious blood clot is called a pulmonary embolus. A pulmonary embolus forms when a blood clot from the leg or pelvis breaks off and travels to the lungs. This causes abnormal blood flow through the lungs, making it more difficult for the lungs to provide oxygen to the rest of the body.
Loss of life from a pulmonary embolus is possible when caused by a larger clot. Blood clots are usually treated with blood-thinning medication and a longer stay in the hospital. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the clot.
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