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Are bacterial infections common during elbow replacement surgery?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Infections in total elbow arthroplasties exist.
They occur about 3% of the time which is low but higher than other joint replacements.

In brief: No

Infections in total elbow arthroplasties exist.
They occur about 3% of the time which is low but higher than other joint replacements.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Dr. Daniel Mass
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No, but does happen

Infections are a known complication of joint replacement and despite our better efforts, they still occur. Most patients are given antibiotics prior to surgery and the skin is prepped with bacterial killing solution.
After surgery the wounds are covered to prevent contamination. An infection requires IV antibiotics and surgical washout. Sometimes the joint has to be removed to clear the infection.

In brief: No, but does happen

Infections are a known complication of joint replacement and despite our better efforts, they still occur. Most patients are given antibiotics prior to surgery and the skin is prepped with bacterial killing solution.
After surgery the wounds are covered to prevent contamination. An infection requires IV antibiotics and surgical washout. Sometimes the joint has to be removed to clear the infection.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Any surgery has the

Risk of getting infected.

In brief: Any surgery has the

Risk of getting infected.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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