Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, typically in the legs, and can cause pain, swelling, tenderness, enlarged veins, discoloration, or skin that feels warm to the touch. Even worse, a DVT can break off into the blood stream and travel to the main artery of the lung resulting in pulmonary embolism (PE). PE and DVT, collectively known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), affects over 2 million Americans annually, resulting in an estimated 300,000 fatalities each year.1

A DVT can form when there is trauma to the veins (surgery, severe injury, inflammation), prolonged immobility (following surgery, sever injury or serious illness) or certain blood conditions cause the blood to clot faster than normal. There are many factors that can contribute to an individual's risk for DVT development such as specific surgical procedures, age, activity level, current medications, and medical history.

DVT Risk Factors

To properly prevent the grim effects of DVT and PE, it is vital that patients are aware of their individual risk factors. 

The following factors put you at higher risk for DVT:
  • Previous venous thromboembolism
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Major surgery
  • Lower body paralysis
  • Immobility for extended periods
  • Leg swelling
  • Cancer
  • Bedridden >3 days
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications


Based on your risk factors and type of procedure, your doctor may deem it necessary for you to receive a compression device after surgery either at the surgery center or at home. It is important that you follow your doctor's order to prevent DVT. Midwest Medical will bill your insurance plan for the use of our products. If your plan does not pay, or only pays a portion of our claim, you may be billed for any unpaid amount. We offer several payment options- credit card, check, or payment plan. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about your bill or EOB. 

1. Heit J, Cohen A, Anderson FJ. Estimated annual number of incident and recurrent, non-fatal and fatal venous thromboembolism (VTE) events in the US. Blood 2005; 106:267A.

Assess your own risk