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Beating Blood Clots after Joint Replacement
Date:2/26/2009

Building awareness and understanding among patients is key

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the number of hip and knee replacements skyrocket into the coming years, patients and orthopaedic surgeons need to work together to evaluate and assess a potentially fatal complication -- blood clots. According to findings released today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/), deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00219) a type of prophylaxis a patient receives pre and post-joint replacement, causes controversy.

"Patients undergoing total joint replacement are at high risk for DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE), unless they receive some form of prophylaxis (http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/advistmt/1027.asp)," stated Richard J. Friedman, MD, FRCSC, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Roper Hospital, in Charleston, SC. "The type of prophylaxis a patient may receive is often tailored on an individual basis, so there is not always a 'one-size fits all method' of prophylaxis available."

  • More than 700,000 primary total hip and knee replacements are performed each year in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to over 3.5 million in 2030.

On average, about 2-3 percent of people undergoing

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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