When patients on warfarin need surgery

Amir K. Jaffer, Daniel J. Brotman, Nkem Chukwumerije

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When a patient who has been taking warfarin long-term needs to undergo surgery, how to manage his or her anticoagulation is controversial. We believe most patients should stop taking warfarin 5 days before elective surgery, and most do not need to receive heparin in the perioperative period as a bridge to surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)973-984
Number of pages12
JournalCleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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