Infections that involve a joint replacement are a difficult problem to treat. Most patients who incur this unusual complication presents to their orthopedic surgeon who may only treat one or two of these problems a year. To that end, the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center has established a Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center to serve those patients with this unusual complication. Our Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center treats more of these patients than anyone in the Southeast. We do research on a national level to determine the best types of procedures to successfully treat this complication. These treatment plans range from simple irrigation and debridement or wash out technique, to removing the implant and putting it back in during the same operative session; or in certain cases taking it out and leaving it out for a few months before putting it back in.
The Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center is led by Dr. Tom Fehring, Dr. Bryan Springer, Dr. Brian Curtin, and Dr. Keith Fehring all of whom have extensive experience in treating prosthetic knee and hip infections.
Patients are referred to our center from all over the Southeast which has allowed us to gain a great amount of experience in the proper way to manage this difficult problem. Additionally, this is a multispecialty clinic as we work closely with our infectious disease colleagues to make sure after surgery the patient is given the proper type of intravenous and oral antibiotics to fight the infection. The large volume of patients that we see with this problem allows us to formulate treatment plans with success rates over 90%.
All four of our participating physicians are involved in putting together decision-making protocols for each patient while following and validating their outcome measures. The Periprosthetic Joint Infection Center receive multi-state referrals and see patients from many regions of the country for this particular problem.
If you are a patient or have a patient that is interested in seeing us, please do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment at 704-323-3834.