Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Arthroscopic knee surgery is
routinely used in orthopedics. Postoperative thromboembolic events (TEEs)
are serious complications, and retrospective studies have reported an incidence
of 0.2% to 7% for clinically apparent deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary
The aim of the present study was to determine prospectively the incidence
of postoperative TEE in patients following minor arthroscopic knee surgery,
defined as one or more of the following procedures: partial meniscectomy,
synovectomy, shaving of cartilage surface, removal of loose bodies.
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