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What is the treatment for septic joint of the ankle? what is recovery time like? is your ankle placed in a plaster or other bracing? the symptoms?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Septic joint: Generally, 1 or more surgical debridements with several weeks of IV antibiotics.
Dr. Sanjay Kumar
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Septic joint: Symptoms are pain and swelling, maybe fever. Septic arthritis is a serious condition. Diagnosis is made by aspirating joint fluid, then checking it for wbc, bacteria and doing a culture. Prolonged antibiotics are required. Splinting the joint is desirable.
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Septic ankle: A septic joint should almost always be treated with surgical debridement and irrigation. A post operative splint may be applied for comfort. Depending on the severity of the infection, recovery time may be approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

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