Symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total or partial knee arthroplasty (TPKA) and after total or partial hip arthroplasty (TPHA) are proposed patient safety indicators, but its incidence prior to discharge is not defined.
To establish a literature-based estimate of symptomatic VTE event rates prior to hospital discharge in patients undergoing TPHA or TPKA.
Search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Library (1996 to 2011), supplemented by relevant articles.
Reports of incidence of symptomatic postoperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) before hospital discharge in patients who received VTE prophylaxis with either a low-molecular-weight heparin or a subcutaneous factor Xa inhibitor or oral direct inhibitor of factors Xa or IIa.
Meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials and observational studies that reported rates of postoperative symptomatic VTE in patients who received recommended VTE prophylaxis after undergoing TPHA or TPKA. Data were independently extracted by 2 analysts, and pooled incidence rates of VTE, DVT, and pulmonary embolism were estimated using random-effects models.
The analysis included 44,844 cases provided by 47 studies. The pooled rates of symptomatic postoperative VTE before hospital discharge were 1.09% (95% CI, 0.85%-1.33%) for patients undergoing TPKA and 0.53% (95% CI, 0.35%-0.70%) for those undergoing TPHA. The pooled rates of symptomatic DVT were 0.63% (95% CI, 0.47%-0.78%) for knee arthroplasty and 0.26% (95% CI, 0.14%-0.37%) for hip arthroplasty. The pooled rates for pulmonary embolism were 0.27% (95% CI, 0.16%-0.38%) for knee arthroplasty and 0.14% (95% CI, 0.07%-0.21%) for hip arthroplasty. There was significant heterogeneity for the pooled incidence rates of symptomatic postoperative VTE in TPKA studies but less heterogeneity for DVT and pulmonary embolism in TPKA studies and for VTE, DVT, and pulmonary embolism in TPHA studies.
Using current VTE prophylaxis, approximately 1 in 100 patients undergoing TPKA and approximately 1 in 200 patients undergoing TPHA develops symptomatic VTE prior to hospital discharge.
"In our study population, the incidence of PE was in line with data published in previous studies
[1,9,12,26-28]. On further subgroup analysis it was noted that the incidence of PE was lower for the elective surgery cohort (0.23%) compared to the data recently published in the guidelines of the American College of Chest Physicians
 (0.35%) and Markovic-Denic et al.
 (1.6%), but is comparable to that reported by Jean-Marie Janue (0.14% in THA and 0.27% in TKA)
. The prevalence noted in trauma patients was in accordance with Maneker et al.
 who showed a rate of 0.27% in his study population, which is lower than the rates reported by other studies
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study aims to determine the incidence of pulmonary embolism (PE) in trauma and orthopedic patients within a regional tertiary referral center and its association with the pattern of injury, type of treatment, co-morbidities, thromboprophylaxis and mortality.
All patients admitted to our institution between January 2010 and December 2011, for acute trauma or elective orthopedic procedures, were eligible to participate in this study. Our cohort was formed by identifying all patients with clinical features of PE who underwent Computed Tomography-Pulmonary Angiogram (CT-PA) to confirm or exclude the clinical suspicion of PE, within six months after the injury or the surgical procedure.Case notes and electronic databases were reviewed retrospectively to identify each patient's venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk factors, type of treatment, thromboprophylaxis and mortality.
Out of 18,151 patients admitted during the study period only 85 (0.47%) patients developed PE (positive CT-PA) (24 underwent elective surgery and 61 sustained acute trauma). Of these, only 76% of the patients received thromboprophylaxis. Hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease were the most commonly identifiable risk factors. In 39% of the cases, PE was diagnosed during the in-hospital stay. The median time of PE diagnosis, from the date of injury or the surgical intervention was 23 days (range 1 to 312). The overall mortality rate was 0.07% (13/18,151), but for those who developed PE it was 15.29% (13/85). Concomitant deep venous thrombosis (DVT) was identified in 33.3% of patients. The presence of two or more co-morbidities was significantly associated with the incidence of mortality (unadjusted odds ratio (OR) = 3.52, 95% confidence interval (CI) (1.34, 18.99), P = 0.034). Although there was also a similar clinical effect size for polytrauma injury on mortality (unadjusted OR = 1.90 (0.38, 9.54), P = 0.218), evidence was not statistically significant for this factor.
The incidence of VTE was comparable to previously reported rates, whereas the mortality rate was lower. Our local protocols that comply with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines in the UK appear to be effective in preventing VTE and reducing mortality in trauma and orthopedic patients.
BMC Medicine 03/2014; 12(1):39. DOI:10.1186/1741-7015-12-39 · 7.25 Impact Factor
"Patients undergoing major orthopaedic surgery, including total hip arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty and hip fracture surgery, are at high risk of developing post-operative deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), collectively known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). With contemporary surgical techniques and current methods of VTE prophylaxis, about 1–3% of patients develop a symptomatic DVT and 0.2–1.1% a PE within 35 days of surgery   . In view of these risks, current guidelines, including those issued by the American College of Chest Physician (ACCP) and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), recommend that patients undergoing knee or hip arthroplasty should receive some form of prophylaxis against VTE  . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The direct thrombin inhibitor, dabigatran, and the selective factor Xa inhibitors, rivaroxaban and apixaban, are new oral anticoagulants that are approved in many countries for prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing elective hip or knee arthroplasty. All have a rapid onset of action, a low potential for food and drug interactions and a predictable anticoagulant effect that obviates the need for routine coagulation monitoring. These agents offer a convenient alternative to conventional anticoagulant drug regimens, including parenteral low-molecular-weight heparins and fondaparinux, and oral adjusted-dose vitamin K antagonists, for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in this surgical setting. This review summarizes the pharmacology, clinical trial results, bleeding risk and practical use of these new oral anticoagulants in clinical orthopaedic practice. Potential issues to be considered when using these oral anticoagulants include renal impairment, potential drug interactions, neuraxial anaesthesia and management of bleeding.
Best practice & research. Clinical haematology 06/2013; 26(2):171-82. DOI:10.1016/j.beha.2013.07.003 · 2.12 Impact Factor
"Patients undergoing TKA are at higher risk for developing DVT; however, the rate of symptomatic DVT is higher after THA   . With evolving surgical technique, and methods of preventing VTE, the rate of VTE has decreased over time . "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common complication after total hip and total knee arthroplasty. Currently used methods of VTE prophylaxis after these procedures have important limitations, including parenteral administration, and unpredictable plasma levels requiring frequent monitoring and dose adjustment leading to decreased patient compliance with recommended guidelines. New oral anticoagulants have been demonstrated in clinical trials to be equally efficacious to enoxaparin and allow for fixed dosing without the need for monitoring. Rivaroxaban is one of the new oral anticoagulants and is a direct factor Xa inhibitor that has demonstrated superior efficacy to that of enoxaparin. However, the data also suggest that rivaroxaban has an increased risk of bleeding compared to enoxaparin. This paper reviews the available data on the efficacy and safety of rivaroxaban for VTE prophylaxis after total hip and total knee arthroplasty.
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