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Infectious Diseases

Hip Replacment Staph infection

08/16/2001

Question:

If a person had hip replacement surgery and contracted a Staph infection, was treated by placing a "string of antibiotic pearls" into the reopened surgery site and a large quantity of "special" antibiotics for approx. 6 - 7 months, when would it be reasonably safe to remove the "string of pearl" antibiotics from the hip - knee area?

Answer:

Treatment of infected prosthetic joints can be very difficult. Decisions regarding management of a particular patient with this problem can only be made by a physician familiar with the case.

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Response by:

Carlos   Subauste, MD Carlos Subauste, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati