What is DVT? 

DVT, also known as deep vein thrombosis, is a blood clot that forms in a vein, deep in the tissue of the lower legs. Blood clots commonly form in the deep veins of the calf or thigh following total joint replacement or from lack of movement without preventative measures. Left untreated, these clots can cause disability or become life threatening if they travel through the body.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals with certain conditions have a higher risk of developing clots. These include:

  • Major surgery including knee and/or hip replacement
  • Obesity/Overweight
  • Family history of DVT
  • Hormone therapy, including birth control
  • Smoking
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • During and after pregnancy
  • Age
  • Ethnicity

How is DVT Prevented?

Your body naturally prevents DVT through everyday movements; however when you are immobile or less mobile, you are at a greater risk. The ActiveCare+SFT System advanced compression device with clinical performance for DVT prevention with significant reduction in bleeding complications.1,2,3

  1. Colwell, C.W. Jr., Froimson M.I., Mont M.A., Ritter M.A., Trousdale R.T., Buehler K.C., Spitzer A., Donaldson T.K., Padgett D.E. Thrombosis prevention after total hip arthroplasty: a prospective, randomized trial comparing a mobile compression device with LMWH. J Bone Joit Surg AM 2010; 92 (3): 527-535
  2. Colwell, C.W. Jr., Froimson M.I. Anseth, S.D., Giori, N.J, Hamilton, W.G, Barrack, R.L., Buehler, K.C., Mont, M.A; Padgett, D.E., Pulido P.A.; and Barnes, C.L., Thrombosis Prevention Using a Portable Compression Device as Monotherapy in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J. Bone Joint Surg Am, 2014 Feb 05; 96 (3): 177-183
  3. Gelfer Y., Tavor H., Oron A. et al., Deep Vein Thrombosis prevention in joint arthroplasties: continuous enhanced circulation therapy vs LMWH. J Arthroplasty 2006;21(2):206-14
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