Incidence and Risk Factors Associated With Venous Thromboembolism After Orthopaedic Below-Knee Surgery

Reinout R.O. Heijboer, MD; Bart Lubberts, MD; Daniel Guss, MD, MBA; A. Holly Johnson, MD; Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019;27(10):e482-e490. 

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Rates of symptomatic VTE among orthopaedic patients after below-knee surgery may be higher than those reported previously. Certain patients are at higher risk for thromboembolic disease after below-knee orthopaedic surgery. This risk was not found to be lowered by thromboprophylaxis in patients in this database. Future research should be directed at determining what the best thromboprophylactic strategies are for lowering this risk.