Patient : I am hoping someone can give me some answers to my questions. I received laparoscopic gallbadder surgery last wed. The surgery went well but by friday I had swelling and redness in my left arm the same arm that I had my IV for the surgery. I wen to the ER and was told that I had a superficial Thrombophlebitis (a blood clot). That it was no big deal and that to continue with my pain meds from the surgery. It is now Monday I still have pain in my arm it is still swollen and the vein is very tight and pain full. does anyone have any sugetions.
Superficial thrombophlebitis is inflammation of the superficial veins. This condition usually resolves with the use of anti-inflammatory medications such as acetominophen or diclofenac. Symptoms usually improve within 3- 4 days. If the condition worsens, it could suggest that a complication has occurred such as an infection or deep vein thrombosis. You will need to return to the ER for an ultrasound to rule out such a complications. You should do so as soon as possible as both these complications require immediate treatment with antibiotics or blood thinners respectively.
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