J Knee Surg
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1636546
Special Focus Section
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A Modern Approach to Preventing Prosthetic Joint Infections

Paraskevi Vivian Papas
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwell Health—Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York
,
Dominick Congiusta
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey
,
Giles R. Scuderi
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwell Health—Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York
,
Fred D. Cushner
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Northwell Health—Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York
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Publication History

08 January 2018

28 January 2018

Publication Date:
28 February 2018 (eFirst)

Abstract

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is recognized as one of the most successful surgical procedures performed today. One of the most common and dreaded complications of TKA is postoperative infection. To prevent infections, it is critical to identify patients at high risk through analyzing their risk factors, and help in addressing them prior to surgery. The effort to prevent infection must be carried through every step of the surgical process, from preoperative counseling to intraoperative measures and postoperative protocols. Hair removal, the application of antiseptics, the utilization of antibiotics, barbed sutures, smart dressings, and antibacterial washes are some of the avenues surgeons may explore to help prevent infection.