J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1997 Apr;32(2):296-301.

Staged Reimplantation Using Cement Spacer Containing Antibiotics in Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty


Despite the continually improving results of total knee arthroplasty, infection remains the most debilitating complication. The treatments of infected total knee arthroplasty were variable, but initially we removed infected implants and inserted antibiotic containing cemented spacer. Postoperatively, patients were mobilized in a 30 knee flexion state and treated with parenteral antibiotics. After control of infection was clinically and radiologically determined, we inserted PCL substitute total knee prosthesis. Five days postoperatively, patient began touch down standing exercise. We observed two cases in whom infected total knee arthroplasty had been salvaged successfully with two-stage implantation using cement spacers containing antibiotics.


Total Knee Arthroplasty; Infection
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