In this week’s Clinical Decision, a 60-year-old woman comes to your office to discuss her upcoming arthroscopic knee surgery. She recently received a diagnosis of a right lateral meniscus tear and is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic meniscectomy. She has heard that knee surgery increases the risk of blood clots, and she wants to know whether she should take an anticoagulant after her surgery to reduce the risk. She asks your advice on how she can prevent blood clots after her procedure. What do you recommend?
Clinical Decisions are a great way to help you evaluate treatment options and gain insight from colleagues. The articles include a case vignette, plus clinically acceptable management options, each supported in a short commentary by a respected clinician. You are invited to vote for, and comment on, the options at NEJM.org, where a diverse range of thinking is presented. Browse more Clinical Decisions articles here!