Be alert to the dangers of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a large vein, usually in the legs or pelvic area. A PE is a clot or part of a clot that breaks loose and travels to a lung. A PE can be life-threatening if not suspected, diagnosed and treated right away.
Surgery places people at risk of DVT and PE. There is an increased chance of DVT with general, gynecologic, orthopedic and urologic surgeries without preventive measures, and you may not always experience symptoms. Some people have additional conditions that can also increase their risk.