Most common surgical mistakes with treatment of prosthetic joint infections

  • Boštjan Kocjančič University Medical Center Ljubljana, Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Slovenia
  • Drago Dolinar University Medical Center Ljubljana, Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Slovenia
Keywords: orthopedic implant infections, diagnostics, surgical errors, treatment algorithm, key errors.


The treatment of infections of orthopedic implants is often difficult and complex, although the chances of successful treatment with properly selected diagnostics, surgical and antibiotic treatment protocol have recently increased significantly. Surgical treatment is a key stone factor in the treatment of infections of orthopedic implants and any errors in it often lead to worse clinical outcomes. The most important and frequent surgical errors include: conservative treatment of periprothetic infections with antibiotics only, to-late surgical revision, insufficient debridement during surgical revision, inadequate intraoperative samples for bacteriological and histological analysis. It is important to have and to follow proper treatment algorithm for periprosthetic joint infection. In this work we present the listed surgical and most illustrative key errors.


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Author Biographies

Boštjan Kocjančič, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Slovenia

Ortopedska klinika, 

A oddelek - endoprotetoka

specialist ortoped

Drago Dolinar, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Slovenia

Ortopedska klinika, 

A oddelek - endoprotetoka

specialist ortoped


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Kocjančič B, Dolinar D. Most common surgical mistakes with treatment of prosthetic joint infections. ZdravVestn [Internet]. 31Aug.2014 [cited 30Mar.2020];83(7-8). Available from: