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Most surgeries carry a risk of blood clots. With a laparoscopy for endometriosis, blood clots can form in the leg in particular -- this risk is greater for women who have a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. In rare cases, a blood clot can migrate from the leg to the lungs, where it can cause shortness of breath.

Risks With a Laparoscopy for Endometriosis: Blood Clots

Every time you have a cut or bruise, inside or outside your body, your blood clots to help stop the bleeding so you don't lose too much blood. Sometimes, however, blood clots can harm you, rather than help you. A blood clot can be dangerous if it breaks away and gets stuck in a blood vessel in your body. When a blood clot gets stuck in an artery or vein, it can block the flow of blood.
 
After a laparoscopy for endometriosis, one place that clots can form is in the leg. This is more likely in women who have blockages from fatty build-up in the arteries of their legs. When a clot blocks blood flow in an artery, tissue in the leg may not get enough blood and oxygen, and may be damaged or even die. In rare cases, the leg may need to be amputated. Clots that form in the arteries are called arterial clots.
 
Another kind of blood clot in the legs can form in the veins. This is called deep venous thrombosis, or DVT, and it can occur following many types of surgical procedures. In rare cases, these clots can migrate from your leg to your lung, where they may cause shortness of breath. This is known as a pulmonary embolus. If this happens, it is usually treated with blood-thinning medications.
 
You should let your surgeon know if you have ever had blood clots in your legs.
 
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