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Postoperative infection is one of the most serious complications in orthopedic surgery. We have developed and use iodine-coated implants to prevent and treat postoperative infection in compromised hosts. This study evaluated outcomes using iodine-coated implants for postoperative infections.We treated 72 postoperative infected patients using iodine-coated implants. Of these, 38 were males and 34 were females, with a mean age of 59.3 years. The mean follow-up period was 5.6 years. The patients included 23 with an infection following total knee arthroplasty, 20 following total hip arthroplasty, 11 following osteosynthesis, 11 following spine surgery, 6 following tumor excision, and 1 following osteotomy. Of these, 37 underwent single-stage surgery and 35 underwent staged revision surgery. We performed staged surgery in any case with active infection. The survival of iodine-coated implants was determined using Kaplan-Meier analysis. White blood cell (WBC) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels were measured pre- and postoperatively. To evaluate the systemic effects of iodine, serum thyroid hormone levels were examined.Five patients underwent re-revision surgery. In 3 patients, periprosthetic infection recurred at an average of 18 months after surgery. The reinfection rate was 4.2%. These patients recovered following reimplantation of iodine-coated prostheses. No patients required amputation. The survival rate of iodine-coated implants was 91%. There were no signs of infection at the latest follow-up. The median WBC level was nearly in the normal range, and CRP levels returned to normal within 4 weeks after surgery. No abnormalities of thyroid gland function were detected.Iodine-coated titanium implants can be very effective in the treatment of postoperative infections. An iodine coating can be safely applied to infected regions.
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