Guidelines and alternatives for neuraxial anesthesia and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in major orthopedic surgery.

Charles Hantler, George J. Despotis, Raj Sinha, Jacques E. Chelly

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Abstract

Neuraxial anesthesia during major orthopedic surgery, combined with venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, is generally safe and well tolerated, with potential benefits over general anesthesia. The risk of spinal/epidural hematoma, a rare but very serious complication, can be minimized by careful patient selection and attention to anesthetic technique. This risk is further reduced with the use of peripheral nerve blocks in place of neuraxial anesthesia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1004-1016
Number of pages13
JournalThe Journal of arthroplasty
Volume19
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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