Hip prosthesis infection: can HBOT be useful?

Good morning,

50 days ago I underwent a hip prosthesis surgery and I had my prosthesis removed due to a Staphylococcus aureus infection.

I have had an antibiotic treatment indicated by the antibiogram for 25 days.

Unfortunately, infection is stationary and the fact that some serous fluid comes out from the wound, impedes the wound to heal; moreover, tissues do not adhere well to the pseudo-prosthesis inserted.

Do you think HBOT can be useful for me?


One comment on “Hip prosthesis infection: can HBOT be useful?

  1. Klarida Hoxha on

    Dear Domenico, thank you for writing us.

    I’m so sorry for your unpleasant situation. The most important thing is that you are now undergoing a targeted medical therapy. If, as you wrote, it doesn’t answer adequately, it’s then necessary to employ further therapies.

    First, it is necessary to evaluate if there are compromising factors that concern healing, that is other diseases you are affected by (diabetes, hypertension, cardiopathies, rheumatic diseases etc.). If that were so, it’s necessary to keep them balanced through various sector’s specialists.
    If the infection doesn’t improve, it would be suitable to go to the Infectious disease specialist for further verification. A soft tissue ultrasound scan helps to understand if there are any bacteria collection and therefore to opt for the most suitable treatment, such as drainage.

    As far as HBOT, it is an excellent ally to combat this type of infections, especially Staphylococcus aureus. Hyperbaric therapy has an effect on both infection and inflammation management, because it enhances the antibiotic effect, also as a preparation for a next surgery. It is also useful in the next healing repairing phase.

    If you want to undergo the first visit, you can contact the Ravenna Hyperbaric Centre Secretariat by calling the telephone number +39 0544 500152
    Best regards,
    Klarida Hoxha
    Head Nurse of the Ravenna Local USL Wound Care Centre of the Ravenna Hyperbaric Centre


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