Comparison of postoperative complications after total hip arthroplasty among patients receiving aspirin, enoxaparin, warfarin, and factor Xa inhibitors


Journal Article

© 2017 Prof. PK Surendran Memorial Education Foundation Optimal prophylaxis for prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total joint arthroplasty (TJA) remains debated. The purpose of this study was to compare postoperative complications in patients receiving different VTE chemoprophylactic regimens. Using a nationwide healthcare database, 72,670 THA patients without a history of VTE were identified. Study cohorts received VTE prophylaxis within 30 days postoperatively. Odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were used to assess 30-day and 90-day postoperative complications (hematoma, hemorrhage, transfusion, pulmonary embolism (PE), VTE, prosthetic joint infection (PJI), and incision/drainage (I&D)). Of the 72,670 THA patients, 25,966 received single medication VTE prophylaxis; 551 (2.12%) aspirin, 6791 (26.15%) enoxaparin, 12,008 (46.25%) warfarin, 5403 (20.81%) rivaroxaban, 876 (3.37%) fondaparinux and 337 (1.30%) apixaban. 30-day complications included; aspirin: I&D; warfarin: I&D, hematoma, hemorrhage, transfusion, PJI, PE and DVT; apixaban: hematoma and hemorrhage. 90-day complications included; aspirin: I&D; warfarin: I&D, hematoma, hemorrhage, transfusion, PJI, PE and DVT. Warfarin was the only anticoagulant associated with a higher risk for DVT, and the highest risk for 30-day and 90-day complications. Aspirin had the highest risk for I&D. Despite three times increased 30-day risk for bleeding, apixaban was effective in preventing VTE during the high-risk 3-month-period. Enoxaparin had the lowest risk for PE and DVT while rivaroxaban had the lowest risk for PJI, hematoma, I&D, hemorrhage and transfusion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Agaba, P; Kildow, BJ; Dhotar, H; Seyler, TM; Bolognesi, M

Published Date

  • December 1, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 537 - 543

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0972-978X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jor.2017.08.002

Citation Source

  • Scopus