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I found this article on internet, and I thought it was interesting . . Researchers have looked through large databases of Medicare patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery. They were able to compare patients who had a cortisone shot (or viscosupplement injection) prior to replacement, and if that individual had an infection after replacement. The data clearly demonstrated there was a higher chance of having an infection in people who had a shot before surgery.
Furthermore, the research found that the risk of infection after surgery was strongly correlated with how soon before surgery patients had their most recent shot. If the shot was within seven months of the time of surgery the risk of complication was significantly higher.
I have never heard this before, and I think it's probably quite likely that someone after having an unsuccessful cortison injection would decide to go on for the TKR . . .
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