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Int Orthop. 2004 Jun;28(3):129-33. Epub 2004 Mar 23.

Antibiotic-loaded bone cement spacers in two-stage management of infected total knee arthroplasty.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, South Auckland Clinical School, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. RPitto@middlemore.co.nz

Abstract

We reviewed the current use of spacers in the management of the infected knee prosthesis. There are two types of temporary spacers: block or non-articulating spacers and articulating or mobile spacers. Generally, spacers improve mobilisation and hasten recovery with shorter hospital stay between stages. Furthermore, spacers facilitate the second-stage procedure by maintaining joint space, and articulating spacers may also maintain range of motion. Last but not the least, the cost of spacers represents only a small fraction of the total expenses for management of infected knee arthroplasties.

PMID:
15042322
PMCID:
PMC3474493
DOI:
10.1007/s00264-004-0545-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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