Generally speaking, the people who come in to consult us about a gynecomastia surgery are much better informed than patients were years ago. But given the range and quality of information available on the Internet, some also bring in misconceptions, anecdotes, and ideas that only serve to create anxiety.
Here’s one guy’s worry our patients don’t need to be concerned about: DVT. We ran across a question online about the risk, and the unfortunate prospective patient seemed quite alarmed. Here’s information that may help to put guys with man boobs at ease.
The acronym stands for “deep vein thrombosis.” According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s a condition caused by a blood clot (thrombus) that forms deep inside body tissues, usually in the legs. The most serious repercussions happen when a clot or pieces break loose, travel to the lungs and cause a blockage.
There are a variety of risk factors for DVT. Some you might guess obesity, advanced age, genetics and so on. Perhaps the reason the prospective patient was worried is that prolonged bed rest and surgery are also risk factors. But while we can’t say there’s absolutely no risk of DVT with man boob surgery, we can assure guys that the risk is quite low.
In our practice in Boca Raton, DVT has never shown up as a complication of gynecomastia surgery. Here’s how we make sure to maintain that track record.
The Internet is the place we all turn to for information on just about anything these days. But, when it comes to patients trying to diagnose themselves, doctors often view it as a mixed blessing. Patients come to appointments armed with everything from a fairly accurate overview of the issue they’re facing to completely bogus information that can be difficult for a doctor to counter. And the more disturbing the possible condition, the more “Dr. Internet” can actually cause undue hysteria.
If you’ve got a case of man boobs and you’re in the midst of figuring out what to do, by all means, do research online. But be sure you pay attention to the sources, take input from individuals with a grain of salt and avoid leaping to conclusions. And please consider coming in to see us! Gynecomastia is one of our specialties, and we thoroughly enjoy educating the guys we meet. Fill out our short online form and we’ll be in touch.
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