Longer is better for thromboembolism prophylaxis after cancer surgery


Enoxaparin (Lovenox) is typically used during hospitalization after orthopedic or abdominal surgery. Recent studies of its use after orthopedic surgery have shown that extending administration of the low-molecular-weight heparin after hospital discharge significantly reduces the frequency of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). A new study confirms this is also the case for abdominal surgery for cancer, which carries a high risk of this complication.

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