Possible complications after surgery

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

This the term used when a blood clot develops in the deep veins in the leg, most frequently below the knee. When you are first seen at the pre-admission you will be assessed for you risk of DVT and your treatment in prevention of clots may vary according to your risk factors.

Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

This happens when a part of the blood clot formed in your leg vein breaks off and travels to your lung. The risk of developing life threatening pulmonary embolism is low. Treatment is the same as for a DVT but requires a longer hospital stay.

Wound Infection

Your surgery wound can become inflamed, painful and weep fluid, which may be caused by infection. The majority of the wound infections can be treated by a course of antibiotics and often settle down following treatment but may delay your recovery.

Blood Transfusion

Signed consent for transfusion is not required. However you should wherever possible be informed of the indications for blood transfusion and its risks and benefits. You should also be made aware of the possible alternatives where practical.

For more information please read the Possible Complications after Surgery section in the Elective Surgery Information booklet.