Blood Thinning Drugs Make Surgery Safer For Some

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Considering cosmetic surgery? Then a health assessment is definitely in order to ensure you’re healthy enough for the procedure. Like any type of surgery, some people undergoing plastic surgery are at risk for a certain type of blood-clot related condition.

However, a new study shows that the blood thinner, enoxaparin, may help combat this risk, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Scientists followed more than 3,300 people who had aesthetic or reconstructive surgery at four U.S. hospitals, who were all at risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), which can cause problems with blood flow to the legs or lungs.

Patients who were treated with enoxaparin were 60 percent less likely to develop (VTE) than those who were not given the drug before surgery.

In the 60 days that followed their surgeries, patients who were prescribed enoxaparin before their surgery were 60 percent less likely to develop VTE than those were not given it.

If you have heart or respiratory issues, clotting problems or varicose vains, or if you smoke or are obese, you may be at greater risk for VTE, a potentially deadly condition, says ASAPS. Be sure to get a thorough health exam from your physician before proceeding.

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