Balanced, Stemmed, and Augmented Articulating Total Knee Spacer TechniqueExplantation and placement of an antibiotic spacer is a well-recognized treatment for periprosthetic infection after total knee replacement. Although static spacers may be occasionally indicated, many patients benefit from an articulating spacer that preserves the function and range of motion. However, many articulating spacer techniques provide an imbalanced cement-on-cement articulating knee that cannot tolerate full weight-bearing or provide adequate stability for daily function. A more durable articulating spacer may be ideal by permitting unrestricted weight-bearing, a functional range of motion, and potentially delayed reimplantation for medically complex patients.
Clinical Experience With a Coordinated Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Prosthetic Joint InfectionThe successful treatment of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) is difficult, requiring coordination across multiple specialties. In 2017, we formed a collaboration between our infectious disease clinicians and our orthopaedic arthroplasty surgeons in an effort to optimize care, accommodate patients, and expedite clinical decision-making in the treatment of PJI. The model consisted of combined infectious disease and arthroplasty clinics, standardized lab results, and planned staged revision procedures.