Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Invited Review

Venous thromboembolism in orthopedic surgery: Global guidelines


Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medipol Mega University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Thomas Jefferson University, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Philadelphia, USA

AOTT 2023; 57: 192-203
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2023.23074
Read: 496 Downloads: 277 Published: 09 October 2023

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a severe complication that can occur after major orthopedic procedures. As VTE-related morbidity and mortality are a significant concern for both medical professionals and patients, and preventative measures are typically employed. Multiple organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), have developed guidelines for VTE prophylaxis specifically in patients undergoing joint replacement procedures. However, recently, the International Consensus Meeting (ICM) was convened, which brought together over 600 experts from 68 countries and 135 international societies. These experts, spanning a range of medical disciplines including orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, cardiology, hematology, vascular, and internal medicine, conducted a comprehensive review of the literature using a strict Delphi process to generate practical recommendations for VTE prophylaxis across all types of orthopedic procedures. This review article summarizes some of the recommendations of the ICM.

Level of Evidence: Level V, Expert opinion.

Cite this article as: Uzel K, Azboy İ, Parvizi J. Venous thromboembolism in orthopedic surgery: Global guidelines. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc., 2023;57(5):192-203.

ISSN 1017-995X EISSN 2589-1294