We know joint replacement infections well at Texas Infectious Disease Institute. There is a one to five percent risk of infection for all prosthetic placements. Larger joints, such as the hips and knees, are at particular risk. Infections are generally an early part of the recovery process, but sometimes develop later after the joint is mostly healed.
Dr. Lartchenko and his team are sympathetic to the challenges of joint replacement. We will work with you, your other doctors, and the latest in antibiotic treatment options to do everything possible to prevent further surgery.
Infections can cause rapid cartilage deterioration that will often aggravate other conditions. Because cartilage is often already affected in joint replacements surgeries, it is even more important to be aware of the possibility of infection after joint surgery.
Why Are Infections Caused By Joint Replacements Difficult to Treat?
There are a number reasons why prosthetic infections can be challenging to treat. We often find that patients don’t notice the symptoms of infection because there is already localized pain in the area. Additionally, fatigue is often attributed pain medications. Our advanced diagnostic treatments can help to prevent complications associated with knee and hip replacements.
Prosthetic joint infections are unique among orthopedic infections because of the texture of artificial joints. When artificial joints interact with bacteria, a biofilm is often created. Think of this like a wall made out of a group of cells, in this case, bacteria. This film helps to protect bacteria beneath it, making it more difficult for antibiotics to access.
At Texas Infectious Disease Institute, we have dealt with a number of artificial joint infections. Dr. Lartchenko investigates the type of bacteria causing your infection and creates a unique regimen of antibiotics to fight both the bacteria and the biofilm it creates. Even with our expertise, effective treatments of infections with a biofilm requires quick and aggressive action. Keeping track of your symptoms is critical to prevent further surgery.