What is the prevalence of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) following orthopedic surgery?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David A Forsh, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Preventing VTE is always a tradeoff between the potential life-saving benefit of prophylaxis and the risk of hemorrhage. Therefore, even with adequate anticoagulant prophylaxis, DVT can and does develop. A study by Schiff et al revealed a 14% incidence of VTE following major orthopedic procedures, particularly TKR, in which standard prophylactic measures had been applied. [67] Continued vigilance and a high index of suspicion on the part of the medical staff is called for in this group of patients.

For fuller information on DVT and PE, please see Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.


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