How are venous thromboembolisms prevented following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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Unless contraindicated, patients should be continued postoperatively on heparin 5000 units subcutaneously three times a day or low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) daily. Patients should also wear sequential compression devices while in bed.


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