Patients after percutaneous coronary intervention taking anti-platelet-therapy undergoing elective orthopaedic surgery – Still controversies about pausing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin ® ) and Clopidogrel (Plavix ® )? A meta-analysis of the literature

C. Thaler, M. Hafner, M. Antosch & U. Dorn
Objective: There is growing amount of patients with osteoarthritis of hip, knee or another joint with prior coronary intervention and drug-eluting or bare-metal stents demanding lifelong anti-platelet therapy. Nowadays these patients want to undergo orthopaedic surgery like arthroplasty as well to relieve[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]