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Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Orthopedic Surgery

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Resource for Patients

Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery or Surgery for a Broken Hip, A Review of the Research for Adults is a free resource for patients. It can help patients talk with their health care professionals about the many options for treatment. It provides information about pharmacological options for preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE), nonpharmacological options for preventing VTE, current evidence of effectiveness and harms associated with VTE-prevention methods, and questions for patients to ask their doctor.

For electronic copies of Preventing Blood Clots After Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery or Surgery for a Broken Hip, A Review of the Research for Adults, a clinician research summary, and the full systematic review, visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/thrombo.cfm. To order free print copies, call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800-358-9295.