Collaborative, Multicenter Study Discovers New Method for Bone Infection Control
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the world's leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health, has partnered with the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai Hospital in Maryland and The University of Pennsylvania to present a multicenter study revealing the effectiveness of a new method to prevent and treat bone infection during limb reconstruction with the use of an internal lengthening-compression nail.
Until now, to perform limb reconstruction on patients suffering from an infection required external fixator-assisted surgery. The desire to improve the patient experience by using a magnetic internal lengthening-compression nail, instead of an external device, led to this study of a new, protective antibiotic therapy to control bone infection.
The technique pumps a dissolvable antibiotic-loaded paste into the bone at the time of nail insertion. The paste then hardens, preventing infection for 6 weeks. The authors of this study simultaneously discovered this novel method at their respective centers and, upon learning about each other's work, quickly and enthusiastically decided to collaborate. Together, each center contributed patient data using this novel technique, allowing the authors to clearly pinpoint adverse events and state their conclusions with increased confidence.
The multicenter study found the new method to be overwhelmingly successful, proving the technique’s safety and effectiveness in treating infection while not interfering with the mechanical functioning of the nail.
The results were published online first in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma on December 28, 2020.
“Collaborative studies like this help us ensure the safety of our procedures by increasing the volume of cases enrolled, permitting us to more easily spot complications,” said Austin T. Fragomen, MD, limb lengthening surgeon at HSS. “Working with the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics and The University of Pennsylvania is just one example of how communication and data-sharing between centers treating similar types of cases can raise the quality of healthcare in the field of orthopedics and throughout the world.”
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