Blood clots are a serious condition that can happen before, during or after surgery. They can range in severity from annoying and painful to deadly.
A blood clot most commonly forms in the legs, a condition called a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These clots can cause pain and may require treatment, but they can also become dislodged and move through the bloodstream. When this happens, the clot can become life-threatening if it lodges in the lungs.
Blood clots can also form during surgery and move to the brain, causing an embolic stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident or ischemic stroke.
Find out more about blood clots, the treatment and how you can decrease your risk of forming a blood clot when you have surgery.