Injections May Increase Infection Risk in TKA Patients

Infection risk may  be time-dependent

  Patients who receive an intra-articular steroid or hyaluronic acid injection in the knee prior to undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) may be at an elevated risk of postsurgical infection, according to Nicholas A. Bedard, MD. Furthermore, infection risk may be  time-dependent, increasing when less time has elapsed between injection and undergoing TKA, noted Dr. Bedard during the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

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