VTE Prophylaxis

VTE Prophylaxis is the name given to treatment which is given to help prevent a deep vein thrombosis  or more serious pulmonary embolism developing after surgery

The drugs are known as anticoagulants.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued guidelines relating to the above medications and their use in orthopaedic surgery which can be found

Apixaban as an option  for prevention of venous thromboembolism in adults after elective hip or knee surgery (TA 245)

Dabigatran etexilate as an option for the primary prevention of venous thromboembolic events in adults who have undergone elective total hip and knee replacement surgery(TA 157)

Rivaroxaban as an option for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in adults having elective total hip or knee replacement surgery (TA170)

NICE Clinical Guidelines  CG92 – Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism ) in patients admitted to hospital

For more information on the links to NICE guidelines - go the the Guidance and Regulations section at the top of the page