ICJR Interviews: Shoulder Infection – One Stage or Two?

    Infection in a shoulder prosthesis is becoming a hot topic among orthopaedic surgeons, but as with infection of a knee or hip prosthesis, the optimum treatment is under debate.

    Mark A. Frankle, MD, and his colleagues from the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa, Florida, compared re-operation rates for infection, overall complication rates, and 2-year functional outcomes for 3 approaches to treating infection after shoulder arthroplasty:

    • 1-stage modular component exchange
    • 1-stage complete removal and reimplantation
    • 2-stage revision arthroplasty

    According to Dr. Frankle, the second option – 1-stage complete removal and reimplantation – appears to be a promising treatment for an infected shoulder.

    Click the image above to hear his comments about the study, “Periprosthetic Shoulder Infection: One-Stage Better Than Two-Stage?” (Poster 328), which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Orlando.

    Producer: Susan Doan-Johnson; Director and Post Production: Charles J. Maynard