Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) following total joint arthroplasty (TJA) can be a serious complication. Even as infectious disease deaths have dramatically declined in recent years, including those related to cancer, higher mortality rates of PJI are often underreported, according to a recent research report by Dr. Bryan Springer of the OrthoCarolina Hip and Knee Center.
Like cancer, patients and families dealing with PJI can go through extreme emotional and psychological stress. The first step in fighting PJI is prevention, according to Dr. Springer, including working with patients to reduce modifiable risk factors for infection. He also says that greater awareness of and reporting on PJI is needed. Read more about Dr. Springer’s study on the American Academy of Orthopadic Surgeons’ website.