The Stop the Clot® Patient Toolkit for Knee and Hip Replacement Patients was created by the National Blood Clot Alliance to provide individuals who are undergoing a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) or total hip arthroplasty (THA) with information about the risk of blood clots, and to help increase understanding so these patients may take steps to prevent and treat them. While there are several risk factors for developing a blood clot, having knee or hip surgery is considered to be one of the major contributing causes.
The Toolkit for Knee and Hip Replacement Patients includes these components:
- Important information you need to know about blood clots and knee or hip replacement surgery.
- A fact sheet about the risk of blood clots related to knee or hip joint replacement surgery.
- An overview of prevention and treatment approaches for blood clots, along with a checklist of signs and symptoms for them.
- A checklist of questions to help you work through the details of your medical treatment plan with your doctor.
- A total knee replacement patient story to give you an insider’s look at what you might expect.
This kit is a great place to start if you are going to have a knee or hip replacement surgery. Here are some additional resources that may be helpful to you:
- National Blood Clot Alliance
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
NBCA’s Stop the Clot® THA/TKA Patient Toolkit was made possible by an educational grant provided by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.