Trends of Venous Thromboembolism After Total Hip Arthroplasty in the United States: Analysis From 2011 to 2019

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Journal Article

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The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons




BACKGROUND: In 2011, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons released a Clinical Practice Guideline` that recommended routine venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis after total joint arthroplasty. The purpose of this study was to examine (1) the change in the incidence of 90-day VTE, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism, (2) the change in the utilization of antithrombotic agents; and (3) the change in the economic burden associated with VTE after total hip arthroplasty (THA) from 2011 to 2019. METHODS: National, administrative claims data from 2011 to 2019 were used to identify patients who underwent primary THA for osteoarthritis. Exclusions entailed liver pathology, coagulopathy, malignancy, or those on prior prescribed blood thinners before THA. Multivariable regression was used, controlling for age and Charlson Comorbidity Index for all years, with 2011 as the reference year. RESULTS: From 2011 to 2019, there was a significant reduction in 90-day VTE rates after THA, with a significant reduction in deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during this time frame as well. Of the antithrombotic agents prescribed after THA, the utilization of prescribed aspirin significantly increased and that of nonaspirin anticoagulants significantly decreased. Among nonaspirin anticoagulants, the utilization of direct factor Xa inhibitors and direct thrombin inhibitors significantly increased. The added reimbursements associated with VTE after THA significantly decreased during this period. CONCLUSION: Since 2011, the incidence and economic burden associated with VTE after THA have significantly declined. In addition, there has been an increase in prescription aspirin and direct oral anticoagulants. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Therapeutic, III.


Orthopaedic Surgery