Prosthetic replacement of multiple joints has become a standard management technique for the patient afflicted with severe arthrosis. The national frequency of total joint arthroplasty is difficult to define. In the experience of the Mayo Clinic between 1969 and 1981, 22,069 total joint arthroplasties were performed. Infection is the most severe complication, resulting in significant morbidity and expense. Prompt recognition and correct management as well as prophylaxis against infection are essential to minimize morbidity and maximize function. As new governmental regulations concerning health care costs have become effective, a postoperative infection will become not only a severe clinical problem for the patient and the physician but also an economic disaster for the hospital administration. The authors review etiology, diagnosis, management and prevention of infection for several arthroplastic joints.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Orthopedic Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine