Avoidance of surgical infections is paramount in any surgery.

Joint replacement surgery requires meticulous technique to achieve excellent outcomes and part of that is ensuring infection risk is minimized.  Shoulder replacement surgery is becoming a more frequently performed surgery nationally.

With more surgeries and procedures, the concern for infection is greater. A common pathogen in shoulder surgery is propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes. A recent study seeking to identify the potential sources of P. acnes contamination in shoulder arthroplasty found that exposure to infection is likely related to handling by the surgeon. They identified the subdermal layer, forceps, and tip of the surgeon’s glove as the most common sites for P. acnes growth. There was also a significantly higher rate of infection in male patients than females. Studies show minimizing handling of the subdermal layer, changing gloves frequently, and utilizing antibacterial agents are all ways your provider can help reduce the growth of bacteria.Gloved hands with surgical instruments

Here at MUSC Health, the shoulder and elbow service prides itself on having an extremely low rate of infection. This is a result of your providers actively working to prevent infection at all stages of your treatment using the latest and most effective technique to treat and avoid infections.

At MUSC Health, your experienced surgeons see a wide range and large case load of patients to ensure they are the most prepared to understand and treat whatever need you may have. Hospitals that treat a high volume of patients, like MUSC Health, as well as individual providers with higher patient volumes, are shown to be associated with better outcomes across a wide range of diagnoses and procedures. Whether you are searching for a provider to treat a current infection or want to ensure your provider will give you the best care and smallest risk of post-operative infection, have the world-renowned experts from the MUSC Shoulder and Elbow team evaluate you and your shoulder.