Expert Q&A: A Clinical Update on the Prevention, Treatment of Periprosthetic Joint Infections
Rheumatology Advisor reports how to prevent and treat periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) after joint replacements in a Q&A with Alberto V. Carli, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, and Ashley E. Levack, MD, MAS, orthopedic surgery resident at HSS.
Dr. Carli explains how robust preoperative guidelines are utilized to ensure optimal patient health prior to surgery, including screenings for malnutrition, anemia, ulcers and infections, as well as weight management dependent on BMI.
According to Dr. Levack, treating PJI can vary based on symptom duration and time since surgery. If PJI develops within the first 6 weeks, it’s considered acute and is treated differently than if it develops after that time and is considered chronic.
Read the full article at RheumatologyAdvisor.com.