Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in joint replacement patients may be prevented by aspirin and mechanical prophylaxis

Source:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Date of publication:  7 February 2012

Publication type:  Conference presentation

In a nutshell:  In this Japanese study presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), investigators performed a venography before and after knee or hip surgery on 1,500 patients. All patients used a foot pump and wore an elastic stocking immediately after surgery. In addition, each patient took a regular dose of aspirin beginning two days post-surgery. They concluded that aspirin and mechanical prophylaxis was safe and sufficient to prevent proximal DVT and PE in most TKA and THA patients, except some cases with very high risk of coagulation tendency.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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Acknowledgement:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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