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A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of getting a joint infection after a shoulder arthroscopy?

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Rare: Deep infection after arthroscopic or mini-open shoulder surgery is rare, with rates reported between 0.16% and 1.9%.
Dr. Steven Arbit
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience
Rare: Infections after this type of surgery is rare. Nonetheless you need to ask your surgeon his rate of infection as well as the hospital's rate as well.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Infextion: The rate of infection after shoulder arthroscopy is very low around 0.1%. It may be a little higher with a patient that has diabetes.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Low risk: Infection risk with shoulder arthroscopy is around 1 in 1000. Very low, unless you are the 1.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How common is infection with shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Rare but known risk.: Infection after shoulder arthroscopy is a rare problem, but is seen enough to have established treatment protocols. Propionibacterium acne is the typical culprit in these infections. Iv antibiotics are given initially and surgical lavage may be needed. Once culture results have been obtained, antibiotics can be customized to more effectively treat the infection.

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