Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone.  Osteomyelitis develops when staphylococcus bacteria enters the bone either through the blood stream or as a result of an injury.  At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists have extensive experience in treating patients suffering from osteomyelitis.

Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are committed to the aggressive treatment of orthopaedic and other conditions of the musculoskeletal system.  If you or a loved one are suffering from osteomyelitis, turn to the experts at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.

Osteomyelitis Treatment

Osteomyelitis can develop quickly and cause severe pain, fever, chills and redness and swelling at the infection site.  The most common treatment for osteomyelitis is a combination of antibiotics and surgery.  A biopsy will be completed to determine exactly which antibiotics will be the most effective in treating the infection.  The proper antibiotics will then be administered intravenously for up to six weeks.

Osteomyelitis Surgery

The ultimate goal of an osteomyelitis surgery is to remove infected bone tissue and stop the progression of the infection.  Surgical methods may include:

  • Draining of the infection by opening the area surrounding the infection and removing any excess fluid.
  • Debridement, which is the removal of all infected bone and/or tissue.
  • Bone grafting may be preformed to replace removed bone and tissue with healthy cells from other parts of the body.
  • In some cases temporary grafts are used until the patient is healthy enough to undergo a bone graft.
  • Amputation is only performed as a last resort, when the probability of the osteomyelitis continuing to spread is extremely high.

At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists provide innovative options for patients suffering from osteomyelitis.  Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons are prepared to diagnose and aggressively treat osteomyelitis.  If you are interested in learning more about your osteomyelitis treatment options, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.

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