Bacteriology swabs in primary total knee arthroplasty

Maximilian Haenle, Andreas Podbielski, Martin Ellenrieder, Andreas Mundt, Helga Krentz, Wolfram Mittelmeier & Ralf Skripitz
Objective: An early detection of possible periprosthetic infection may lead to an earlier and potentially less invasive treatment of infected total knee arthroplasty TKA). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate retrospectively our current, affordable clinical practice of intra-operative swab taking during primary TKA. Methods: A total of 206 primary TKA were analysed retrospectively for intra-operative bacteriology swabs and subsequent periprosthetic infection. All bacteriology swabs were obtained in a standardized manner including a...