BACKGROUND：Infection is the catastrophic complication after total hip arthroplasty, moreover, its diagnostic criteria has not been unified, and treatment options were also controversial. The removal of the focus of infection was complete or not determines whether the joint could be reconstructed and the joint function could be restored. OBJECTIVE：To analyze the experience and efficacy of thorough debridement in two-stage revision surgery for treatment of infection after hip arthroplasty. METHODS：Total y 23 （24 hips） patients with infection after hip arthroplasty were treated at the Department of Orthopedics, Nanjing General Hospital of Nanjing Military Area Command of PLA from August 2008 to January 2013. The diagnostic criteria were in line with consensus. The repair options defined as two phrases：the first phrase was thorough debridement plus antibiotic-containing bone cement implanted with intervals;the second phrase was joint reconstruction. If the infection persisted in interval, debridement could be repeated, and then underwent joint reconstruction after the thorough control of infection. Harris scores of hip function were determined after revision during fol ow-up. Infection control condition was evaluated. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION：Al the patients were fol owed up, ranged from 1 to 5 years. The Harris scores increased from an average of 36.5 （27-45 scores） before treatment to an average of 88.6 （76-98 scores） after treatment. There was no infection recurrence. Infection control rates reached to 100%. These results suggest that two-stage revision is an effective method for treatment of infection after total hip arthroplasty. Thorough debridement plays a crucial role, and it can effectively control infection recurrence, improve prosthesis stability, so as to reconstruct joint function.
Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue Engineering Research