Compression Therapy Highly Advised After Bariatric Surgery

Tampa, Fla. – An estimated two thirds of adults nationwide are overweight and a third are obese. As many of these individuals make an effort to lose the weight, bariatric surgery is increasing. A recent study in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases shows that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding are the most common procedures to treat morbid obesity. The average patient is close to 46 years old and 79 percent of patients are women.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can become a serious complication after an operation, and can sometimes lead to an untimely death. Bariatric surgery can sometimes lead to a heightened risk of having a blood clot. Other triggers that could cause a VTE include increased age, higher BMI, male gender, and family history of VTE. VTE is the process wherein blood clots occur and travel through the veins. As hospital stays continue to get shorter after surgeries, the study showed that an estimated 50 percent of VTE incidents happened in the first month when the patient was back at home.

The study noted that 13 percent of patients were only given mechanical methods to prevent VTE. Eight percent were only given anticoagulation medicine, and 72 percent used both mechanical methods and anticoagulation. Mechanical methods include TED stockings, foot pumps, and intermittent venous compression devices. The risk for VTE was lowest when either mechanical therapies were solely used or a combination of mechanical and anticoagulation therapies was utilized.

“Compression machines can greatly assist in the prevention of blood clots, edema reduction, and wound healing,” said Vascular PRN’s President Greg Grambor. “There are machines like the PlexiPulse that can fit a patient no matter what size they are.”

Vascular PRN carries foot and leg compression equipment that helps bariatric individuals. These solutions are more effective than a SCD to encourage blood flow through the deep veins of the legs. Vascular PRN has decades of experience helping hospitals, nursing homes, surgery centers, and other institutions with their compression therapy needs. Their website includes product images, sizing guides, and frequently asked questions to help professionals choose the right compression equipment for their patient.

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Vascular PRN
601 S. Falkenburg Road, Suite 1-4
Tampa, FL 33619