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VTE medication given for the right amount of time after surgery (Introduced Y6)

Your VTE should be prescribed for the right amount of time for your type of operation. For knee replacements this is 10 – 14 days and for hip replacements this is 28 – 35 days.


A venous thrombus is a blood clot (thrombus) that forms within a vein. Thrombosis is a term for a blood clot occurring inside a blood vessel. A common type of venous thrombosis is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg. If the thrombus breaks off (embolizes) and flows towards the lungs, it can become a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot in the lungs. VTE therapy is the medication that thins the blood and reduces the risk of blood clots.
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