Orthopedic Infections

Orthopedic Infectious Disease

What is an Orthopedic Infection?

Orthopedic infections affect the bones (osteomyelitis) and joints (septic arthritis). They are a growing medical problem. Because people are living longer, more people have joint replacement surgery. According to The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, within the next ten years, the total number of knee and hip replacements is estimated to increase from 600,000 to 4 million.

What Causes an Orthopedic Infection?

Sometimes these infections occur on their own. But more often, they are a complication of surgery. Knee and hip replacements are more commonly linked to infection. With about 5% of prosthetic procedures resulting in infection, the number is expected to increase even more.

How are Orthopedic Infections Treated?

These kinds of infections are among the most difficult to treat. They require the attention of a specialist. Fortunately, Dr. Serge Lartchenko has a history of treating the most complicated cases.

Our combination therapies and expert diagnosis makes us a top choice for treating difficult infections.

How Can Texas Infectious Disease Institute Help?

Dr. Serge Lartchenko partners with orthopedic, vascular, plastic and spine surgeons to care for patients with bone, joint, prosthetic and spine infections. The orthopedic community trusts Dr. Lartchenko with their most challenging cases. This is due to his considerable expertise in the diagnosis, management and prevention of implant and bone infections.

He and his skilled team offer patients excellent care in our onsite, outpatient Infusion Suite. You will receive the care you deserve with a personalized antibiotic therapy plan to help fight your infection(s).

This kind of care is why Dr. Lartchenko is an expert in cases with outside factors, such as immunocompromised patients and patients with diabetes. His ongoing supervision of patients’ treatment helps prevent infections coming back as well as amputation and/or removal of hardware.

Dr. Serge Lartchenko devotes himself to improving the outcomes of his patients. Schedule an appointment now.

Types of Orthopedic Infections


Bone Infections (Osteomyelitis)
Bone infections are among the most challenging to treat. They are deep within the body, spread quickly and often result in amputation. Expert guidance is often the only thing standing between this condition and amputation.

Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
Patients who have orthopedic surgery can develop an infection around the surgical site. This is known as a surgical site infection (SSI). They can be caused by a number of factors. Once the infection becomes untreatable by regular methods, surgeons will partner with Dr. Serge Lartchenko for treatment.

Infections Due to Hip and Knee Replacements
The hips and knees are prone to overuse and the effects of aging. Patients experiencing chronic pain often opt to have their weakened joint replaced. This type of invasive surgery can sometimes lead to an infection around the replaced joint. When this occurs, patients’ surgeons will partner with Dr. Serge Lartchenko for his expertise in this area.

Infections Due to Spinal Surgery
Surgical site infection (SSI) is a complication of invasive spine procedures. Due to the delicate, complex nature and potential for infection, it is especially important for surgeons to involve an infectious disease specialist like Serge Lartchenko, MD of Texas Infectious Disease Institute.

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