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Avoid removal of ankle fracture hardware to manage infection until after bone union

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Description: A retrospective study of infected operatively treated ankle fractures has revealed that stable hardware should not be removed until after 3 months postoperative and after suppression of the infection with irrigation and debridement. “It would be helpful to have a multidisciplinary approach with an orthopedic surgeon and an infectious disease specialist. This would really help take care of these patients,” lead investigator Charalampos G. Zalavras, MD, said.
Avoid removal of ankle fracture hardware to manage infection until after bone union Treatment up to 10 weeks postop should include irrigation, debridement, cultures, and antibiotics. By Susan M. Rapp ORTHOPEDICS TODAY 2008; 28:22

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Author/Contact: Susan M. Rapp
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Added: Sat Nov 14 2009