Over the last few years there has been an increasing awareness of the
dangers of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism with air travel.
Mr Brygel believes there is an increase risk of similar problems associated
with general anaesethesia for surgery in particular hernia operations.
The risk is small but he believes it can be minimised by using local anaesethesia
only. The patient is able to move the legs around and exercise the calf
muscles during the procedure. The patient is also fully mobile immediately
following the procedure.
Three studies of venous thrombosis after
long-haul flights give risk estimates Arch Intern Med
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