Orthopedic Research Online Journal

Pharmacologic Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty: A Literature Review

Submission: August 08, 2017; Published: August 21, 2017

DOI: 10.31031/OPROJ.2017.01.000503

ISSN: 2576-8875
Volume1 Issue1


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potentially devastating and somewhat common complication following total knee and total hip arthroplasty. Typical post-operative VTE prophylaxis consist of combination mechanical and pharmacologic methods. Recommendations and clinical practices vary on choice of pharmacologic agent used for VTE prophylaxis. Many studies have been performed attempting to display superiority of certain VTE prophylaxis agents, but considerable debate still exists.

Keywords: Post-operative VTE; pharmacologic VTE prophylaxis; Total hip arthroplasty; Total knee arthroplasty; Venous thromboembolism; Deep venous thrombosis; Pulmonary embolus

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