Int J Med Sci 2009; 6(5):253-257. doi:10.7150/ijms.6.253 This issue
Department of Orthopaedics, University College London Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BU, United Kingdom
Infection after total hip arthroplasties (THA) is a devastating complication with significant consequences for both the patients and the healthcare systems. In recent times, a two stage procedure using antibiotic-impregnated interim spacers has become the most popular treatment for late chronic hip joint infections after THA with success rates over 90%. In this review, we discuss the different types of spacers used in the treatment of chronically infected THA and conclude that hip spacers are effective in the treatment of hip joint infections.
Keywords: Total hip arthroplasty, infection, treatment, spacers, antibiotic loaded cement