Knee arthroscopy and VTE: What are the risks?

By Peter Pollack

Large study examines factors that may increase the risk of DVT and PE

“Knee arthroscopy is the most commonly performed orthopaedic procedure in the United States,” explained Diane L. Dahm, MD, at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. “However, data on the risk of symptomatic venous thromboembolic events (VTEs), including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), are limited, and most published studies include relatively small numbers.”

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