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ActiveCare - DVT prevention

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by C Mac, Oct 15, 2011.

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  1. C Mac

    C Mac Post-Grad

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    Hi,

    I just wanted to share with pre-op hip patients a medical device that my surgeon had me use after my hip replacement surgery instead of Coumadin or Lovenox for the prevention of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.

    http://www.mcsmed.com/activecare_sft_2.html

    I wore this device 23 hours a day for 14 days after my surgery and was also on 325 mg enteric coated aspirin twice a day for the same time period. According to my surgeon, this is his protocol for patients that are low risk for DVT.

    I had hoped to avoid blood thinner medications and when this option was presented it helped me feel a bit more comfortable about my decision to move forward with the surgery. Maybe others would like to speak with their doctors about this device as well.

    Good luck on your surgery everyone!
    Take care,
    Cardie
     
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    Very interesting Cardie. Since I had a bad reaction to the blood thinning meds I will file this one away.

    Where was the compression applied when you wore it?
     
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    Hi Jaycey,

    Sorry, I didn't realize there wasn't a photo in the weblink someplace! They are sleeves that are worn on both legs between the knee and ankle. Here's a link with a chipper looking guy walking with his ActiveCare unit:

    http://medgadget.com/neurological_surgery/page/31

    I, however, hung the little battery pack on my walker as it was during that phase of my recovery. Little tubes connect the leggings with the battery pack and supply the air compression. You can be unplugged from the wall charging unit for hours at a time and it keeps track of your time wearing the unit for the doctor. It was a nifty gadget and none of those pharmaceutical side effects.

    Take care,
    Cardie
     
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      Interesting .....
       
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      Thanks for posting these links.....it's very interesting!
       
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