Blood Clots Following a Lobectomy
In some cases, unwanted blood clots can form after a lobectomy. These blood clots can form in the arteries or veins, and they often occur in the legs. Certain types of blood clots following a lobectomy can be treated with medicine that thins the blood.
Every time you have a cut or bruise, your blood clots to help stop the bleeding, so you don't lose too much blood.
While they are often helpful, blood clots can also be harmful sometimes. When an unwanted blood clot forms and gets stuck in an artery or vein, it can block the flow of blood and cause serious problems.
One place that unwanted clots can form is in the legs. This is more likely in patients who have blockages from fatty buildup in the arteries of their legs. When a clot blocks the blood flow in an artery, tissue in the leg may not get enough blood and oxygen, and can be damaged or even die. In rare cases, the leg may even need to be amputated.
Clots that form in the arteries are called "arterial clots." Another kind of blood clot, called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), can form in the veins. These clots can migrate from your leg to your lung where they may cause shortness of breath and other problems. A clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolus. This may happen after many types of surgical procedures, but it rarely does. If this does happen, it's usually treated with blood-thinning medications.
To help reduce your risks, be sure to let your surgeon know if you have ever had blood clots in your legs.