The Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty

  • Edward T. Habermann


Sepsis following total knee arthroplasty is a catastrophic complication. Its management can be one of the most challenging and frustrating experiences in orthopaedic surgery. While infection is not the most frequent complication seen in total knee arthroplasty, it is probably the most dreaded. The incidence of deep infection following total knee arthroplasty has varied from less than 1% (Grogan . 1986; Insall 1986; Insall . 1983a; Poss . 1984) to greater than 20% (Jones . 1979) with the highest incidence being reported with early designs that used the hinged type of metal to metal bearing surface. With the more recently designed total knees, there has been a reduction in the incidence of deep infection to a level of from 1% to 5% (Insall 1986; Rand . 1986). Although this reduction is admirable, the incidence is still markedly higher than that seen following knee operations in which an implant is not utilized.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Total Knee Replacement Total Joint Arthroplasty Resection Arthroplasty Total Knee Prosthesis 
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