Thai Consensus on Venous Thromboembolism in Hip and Knee Surgery
Increasing numbers of hip and knee arthroplasty may associate with higher risk of complications such as venous thromboembolism. Most of Thai orthopedic surgeons ignore thromboprophylaxis because of less symptomatic VTE in Asian population. The Thai consensus on venous thromboembolism in hip and knee surgery consist of twenty-four common questions about VTE including their supported literatures. The gold standard of diagnosis is contrast venography although the duplex ultrasound has more role in postoperative patients. Thai patients undergoing hip and knee surgery seem to have lower prevalence of VTE than Caucasian. However, mechanical or chemoprophylaxis should be considered especially in the high risk group and hip fracture in elderly.
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