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How do you avoid getting infections during orthopedic surgery?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Skin prep&antibiotic
The body has many effective barriers to infection, but orthopaedic surgery can lead to infection.
We clean the skin with antiseptic solution which kills bacterial and prevents bacterial growth. Some cases require IV antibiotics pre- operative. It's important to keep the incisions covered for a few day and then clean them regularly when uncoved.

In brief: Skin prep&antibiotic
The body has many effective barriers to infection, but orthopaedic surgery can lead to infection.
We clean the skin with antiseptic solution which kills bacterial and prevents bacterial growth. Some cases require IV antibiotics pre- operative. It's important to keep the incisions covered for a few day and then clean them regularly when uncoved.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
I routinely perform pre-op nasal swabs to screen for MRSA. There seems to be a correlation between positive swab and risk for infection. If positive, there is a simple way to eradicate.
Dr. Mark Gujer
We also have patients take a chlorhexadine shower the morning of surgery.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: here R a few
Check the infection rate 4 clean orthopedic procedures, also 4 ur surgeon.
B cultured 4 MRSA ;treated pre op if +. Opps hit caps by accident. Shower daily 4 three days prior, do not shave area the nite b4 just because u think they may shave you in surgery. This is all b4 surg. In surgery it is up 2 the surgeon ; staff. Post i always uncover ; shower daily including wound, no bath. Cover if drains.

In brief: here R a few
Check the infection rate 4 clean orthopedic procedures, also 4 ur surgeon.
B cultured 4 MRSA ;treated pre op if +. Opps hit caps by accident. Shower daily 4 three days prior, do not shave area the nite b4 just because u think they may shave you in surgery. This is all b4 surg. In surgery it is up 2 the surgeon ; staff. Post i always uncover ; shower daily including wound, no bath. Cover if drains.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle
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