Features May 2010 Issue

Do You Need Antibiotics to Protect Your Joint Replacement?

Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking antibiotics before undergoing any invasive procedure.

Infection is among the leading reasons why total joint replacements fail. Bacteria that seed at the implanted joint may cause pain and loosening of the prosthesis, and the results can be devastating. "To get an infection in your total joint replacement is a life-changing event," says Peter Brooks, MD, with Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, "and you might need multiple operations to repair it."

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