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Table 3 Other measures reportedly used by surgeons to minimise VTE risk (N = 340)

From: Comparing Australian orthopaedic surgeons’ reported use of thromboprophylaxis following arthroplasty in 2012 and 2017

Measure Frequency (%)
Pre-surgery
 Prescribes exercise, weight loss, hydro and/or physiotherapy, and requires patients be smoke-free for 6 weeks prior to surgery 4 (1.2)
 Avoids patients on HRT or ceases it pre-surgery 4 (1.2)
 Admits patients on day of surgery 3 (0.9)
During surgery
 Regional anaesthesia 41 (12.1)
 Avoids/minimises tourniquet use 24 (7.1)
 Intra-articular anaesthesia 11 (3.2)
 Intraoperative mechanical prophylaxis 9 (2.6)
 Ensures minimal operation times 3 (0.9)
 Intraoperative heparin 2 (0.6)
 Avoids bilateral operations 1 (0.3)
 Inferior vena cava filter (with warfarin) in high risk patients 1 (0.3)
Post-surgery
 Early mobilisation 311 (91.5)
 Hydration 23 (6.8)
 Ankle and bed exercises 20 (5.9)
 Limb elevation 9 (2.6)
 Early hospital discharge 3 (0.9)
 Ensures ‘good’ postoperative analgesia 2 (0.6)
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