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Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT for short, refers to the development of a blood clot in a vein located deep in the body. This condition is the result of blood not being able to circulate normally or clot appropriately due to limited movement, immobilization, certain medications, surgery, injury and/or a variety of other factors.

Some of the most common areas for DVT to develop include the legs and pelvis region, though the condition is not limited to these locations alone. A great danger of these is that in a small percentage, the clots can dislodge and migrate to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolus that can cause acute shortness of breast, chest pain and even death.

Although it is relatively uncommon following abdominoplasty, the risk of DVT is very real and should be taken seriously by all patients undergoing this body contouring procedure. To help prevent the formation of deep vein thrombosis after tummy tuck surgery, the following measures are often recommended:

It is important to note that while these recommendations can apply to most individuals, the exact course of action for DVT prevention will vary from patient to patient. If you are considering abdominoplasty, it is vital that you discuss your medical/family history in complete detail with your plastic surgeon at the time of the consultation. By doing so, your surgeon can more accurately identify risk factors and formulate a personalized plan to help reduce the potential for DVT based on your unique needs.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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