If the risk of developing a blood clot is thought to be high, your doctor may start you on blood thinning medication after your surgery. This is standard following joint replacement surgery such as total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgery. 66 more words
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The problem is that there are risks of blood thinning medication, such as a stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, and other problems. While the risk of developing a stroke from blood thinning medication is small, only patients who are at high risk for developing a blood clot should be started on blood thinning medication.