Obesity and Bariatric Surgery
Obese patients who are undergoing surgery are at increased risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) collectively known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of death for bariatric patients. Diagnosing DVT is difficult in severely obese patients and often they have subtle first signs which can mean a DVT may not be diagnosed until it has become a fatal PE. The number of bariatric surgeries has been steadily been increasing over the years increasing the number of patients at risk of VTE.
Talk to your doctor about your risk and ways to prevent VTE before bariatric surgery.
Obese Patients at Increased Risk
Additional Risk Factors