One of the most feared complications following a tummy tuck is the formation of blood clots which can be fatal. The risk is low (0.07%) but it can have devastating consequences. Many plastic surgeons are hesitant to chemo-prophylaxis with drugs because of the risk of bleeding.
In this new study involving 450 patients over a 37 year span they focused DVT prophylaxis on hydration and elevation of the legs post op. Fluids were given to maintain a urine output of 40-50 cc per hour. After fluids and elevation they had NO symptomatic emboli or deaths.