Your doctor may prescribe aspirin for you to take at home after you leave the hospital. Aspirin is a medicine used to help prevent blood clots. Your doctor will tell you how much aspirin you should take each day.
Your doctor may prescribe injections (shots) of medicine to prevent blood clots after surgery. He or she will help you learn how to give yourself injections, if prescribed.
Your doctor may prescribe warfarin (Coumadin® or Jantoven®) for you to take at home after you leave the hospital. Warfarin is medicine used to prevent blood clots after surgery.
The amount of warfarin you take is based on a lab test that measures the clotting ability of your blood. This test is called the INR (international normalized ratio). Certain medicines, illness, and foods may change the amount of warfarin you need.
If you are prescribed warfarin, your health care team will monitor your warfarin doses and INR tests after you leave the hospital.
Your surgeon may prescribe circulation therapy for you to use at home. He or she will give you instructions for use.
Circulation therapy helps to improve blood flow in your veins and prevent blood clots after surgery. It works by massaging and gently squeezing your calf. This increases the speed of blood flow in the veins and reduces the risk of a blood clot.
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