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2021 Jul 01

J Pediatr Orthop


Suppl 1

Preoperative Considerations for Teenagers Undergoing Orthopaedic Surgery: VTE Prevention, Mental Health Assessment, Vaping, and Drug Addiction.


Shore BJ, Flaugh R, Shannon BA, Curran P, Hogue G
J Pediatr Orthop. 2021 Jul 01; 41(Suppl 1):S64-S69.
PMID: 34096540.


Adolescents undergoing pediatric orthopaedic surgery typically experience an uncomplicated postoperative course. However, adolescence represents a unique transition period from pediatric to adult physiology. As a result, the astute pediatric orthopaedic surgeon will be aware of unique medical and social scenarios which are relevant to adolescents during the perioperative course including the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), prevalence of mental health conditions, and rising use of electronic cigarettes or "vaping" to consume nicotine and cannibas.