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J Arthroplasty. 2012 May;27(5):659-66.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2011.09.001. Epub 2011 Oct 27.

Prevention of venous thromboembolism after hip or knee arthroplasty: findings from a 2008 survey of US orthopedic surgeons.

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  • 1Center for Outcomes Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts 01605, USA.

Abstract

A survey was mailed to a representative sample of US orthopedic surgeons to assess protocols for the prevention of venous thromboembolism after lower extremity total joint arthroplasty. Practices were examined by type of operation, annual surgical volume, and opinions of consensus guidelines issued by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. Although there was near-unanimous agreement that routine thromboprophylaxis should be the standard practice for patients who undergo hip or knee arthroplasty, surgeons were divided as to the exact management approach.

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