Source: JBJS(A), 2010, 92 (12), p. 2156-64
Date of publication: September 2010
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: Approximately 1% of patients suffer a DVT or PE within 90 days of hip surgery even after taking preventative medication. A risk of 1% may seem low, but it is clinically relevant. The patients’ age and sex were not risk factors, and those patients that had previously been hospitalised for cancer treatment were not at higher risk either. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis had reduced risk compared with those with osteoarthritis. According to previous literature the opposite would be expected. Before any orthopaedic surgery, patients should provide a detailed medical history so risk factors can be identified.
Length of publication: 9 pages
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Acknowledgement: JBJS (A)