A survey of orthopedic surgeons regarding DVT prophylaxis in foot and ankle trauma surgery

Orthopedics. 2004 May;27(5):504-8. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-20040501-19.


This study hypothesized that thromboembolism in patients with foot and ankle trauma is higher than currently recognized, and that prophylaxis varies among surgeons. A questionnaire sent to members of two orthopedic specialty societies surveyed the use of thromboembolic prophylaxis over 1 year. Most did not use preoperative prophylaxis. Postoperatively, 44% of surgeons used prophylaxis, most commonly sequential compression devices and low molecular weight heparin. This survey suggests that thromboembolic prophylaxis is used by < 50% of surgeons treating foot and ankle trauma. The reported cases of thromboembolism in this study underline the need for a prospective investigation.

MeSH terms

  • Ankle Injuries / surgery*
  • Foot Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / prevention & control*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States
  • Venous Thrombosis / prevention & control*