Dr. John Y. S. Kim, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and colleagues examined the link between blood clots — also known as venous thromboembolisms (VTE) — and surgery duration for the study, published by JAMA Surgery.

According to the researchers, there is a widely accepted association between longer surgical procedures and death, as well as blood clots, but this association had yet to be assessed quantitatively using a sufficiently strong database.

VTEs are a serious medical condition. Doctors often use VTE to describe two conditions occurring simultaneously: deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

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