Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that can form in the veins of your legs. If untreated the blood clot can travel to your lungs causing a Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
The signs of a DVT are:
Pain, swelling and tenderness in one of your calves, on rare occasions it can be both calves.
A heavy ache in your calf
Warm skin and redness in your calf.
Breathlessness, chest pain and feeling generally unwell
If you notice these symptoms please contact the ward immediately.
This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total knee replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a knee replacement. The complete document is available to download here.