A survey by questionnaire was conducted amongst consultant plastic surgeons in the UK: 54 replies were received (44% response rate). Three consultants (5.5%) never used any form of DVT prophylaxis. The other 51 (94%) used some form of prophylaxis in at-risk patients. The methods used were found to be diverse. Ten respondents belonged to units with fixed policies for prophylaxis. A controlled trial is suggested to provide statistical evidence of the need for thromboembolic prophylaxis among plastic surgical patients. We believe there is a need for units to develop fixed protocols for the prevention of thromboembolism in at-risk patients.