Platelets, which are a form of blood cells, and plasma, the liquid part of your blood, join forces to help stop bleeding and form a clot in an injured area.You’re probably most familiar with blood clots on the skin surface, which are commonly referred to as scabs. Usually once the injured area heals, your body will naturally dissolve the blood clot.There are cases where clots form inside of your blood vessels even though you do not have an injury. These clots do not dissolve naturally and are a dangerous condition. Clots in your veins can restrict the return of blood to the heart. This can cause pain and swelling due to the collection of blood behind the clot.
In the days and weeks after surgery, you have a higher chance of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The main reason you’re at an increased risk of developing DVT after surgery is because of your inactivity during and after the surgery. This inactivity causes blood to collect in the lower part of your body, generally the leg and hip regions. Muscle movement is needed to continuously pump blood to your heart. In addition to inactivity, surgery also increases your risk for clots because the surgery can cause foreign matter to be released into your bloodstream, including tissue debris, collagen, and fat. When your blood comes into contact with foreign matter, it responds by thickening. This release can cause the blood to coagulate. Additionally, in response to the removal or movement of soft tissues during surgery, your body may release naturally occurring substances that encourage blood clotting.DVT is a condition in which a blood clot or thrombus develops in a deep vein in your body, most common in your legs, but could be in arms, pelvis, or another deep vein in the body. It’s possible for clots to break off from a DVT and make their way to the heart, lungs, or brain, preventing adequate blood flow to these organs. A piece of the clot, called an embolus, can separate from the vein and travel to the lungs. A blood clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). This can cut off the flow of blood to the lungs. It is a medical emergency and may cause death.
Deep vein thrombosis can happen even after you go home. Follow all instructions from your healthcare provider. Be as active as you can. This improves blood flow and helps prevent a clot from forming. When in bed or in a chair, continue with the ankle exercises you did in the hospital.
Axis Brain and Back offers PlasmaFlow to help prevent blood clots after surgery once you go home.
The PlasmaFlow is intended to be an easy to use sequential compression system, prescribed by a physician, for use in the home or clinical setting to help prevent the onset of DVT in patients by stimulating blood flow in the extremities (stimulating muscle contractions).
This device can be used to:
Aid in the prevention of DVT Enhance blood circulation
Diminish post-operative pain and swelling
Reduce wound healing time
Aid in the treatment and healing of: stasis dermatitis, venous stasis ulcers, arterial and diabetic leg ulcers, chronic venous insufficiency and reduction of edema in the lower limbs
Product Features Helps Prevent Onset of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):
PlasmaFlow helps prevent DVT, a leading factor for hospital readmission following major orthopedic surgery.
Provides Possible Alternative to Anticoagulants:
PlasmaFlow offers physicians another option to help tailor preventative care to patient risk and provides an alternative for patients contraindicated for anticoagulants.
Provides Convenient Home Therapy: As hospital stays continue to shorten, PlasmaFlow provides a portable solution for patients to take home and keep. This allows facilities to offer mechanical DVT prophylaxis for the 2-3 weeks patients need it most, without the hassle of renting or servicing equipment.
Improves Patient Experience: PlasmaFlow enables patients to have the prophylaxis they need, in a simple, easy to use device without tubes or hoses.
Lowers Total Costs: Bundled payment of care initiatives are driving single payment for an orthopedic episode within 30-90 days of surgery, including costly DVT readmissions. By reducing DVT-related expenses and potentially reducing costs for anticoagulant regimes or compression device rental programs, PlasmaFlow helps reduce the total cost of the episode.
DVT Definitions and Statistics Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to the development of blood clots, or thrombi, within a deep vein. Typically it occurs in the thigh or calf and can develop after any major surgery. Symptoms may include pain, swelling and skin discoloration, or no signs at all. DVT risk is greatest between two and five days after surgery, with a second peak risk period occurring about 10 days after surgery—after the patient has been discharged.
1. A consecutive pulmonary embolism, or PE, can occur when a clot breaks free and travels through the veins and lodges in the lungs. PE has been reported to occur in over one third of DVT patients and frequently causes sudden death.
2. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that DVT is an underlying cause of death for up to 100,000 people annually in the U.S. Estimates place the number of persons affected as high as 900,000. Between 10 and 30 percent will die within one month of diagnosis, and one third will have a recurrence within 10 years. Survivors may have lasting ramifications and chronic respiratory and cardiovascular issues.
3. Without either mechanical or pharmacological prevention, DVT with no obvious symptoms will develop in 40 to 60 percent of patients undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasty. These numbers suggest a very real need for prevention.
1 Deep Vein Thrombosis – OrthoInfo – AAOS. January 2009. Available at: orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00219
2 The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. 2008. Available at:
Check out PlasmaFlow product features:
Portable, lightweight and tubeless
Long lasting rechargeable battery. Up to 10 hours of use on one charge
2 Modes: Slow inflation and Step-Up Technology which allows the unit to increase pressure in slower increments
2 LCD screens to monitor usage and pressure
Check out this video on how to use PlasmaFlow: