A temporary articulating antibiotic-impregnated cement spacer for use during the first stage of a two-stage revision of a total knee replacement that had failed because of infection was developed by one of us (W.M.G.). It is simply a knee prosthesis made of methylmethacrylate and antibiotics that is manufactured intraoperatively with use of instruments, medications, and supplies that are already available at most hospitals. This construct allows for motion of the knee during treatment of the infection, thereby reducing the risk of loss of motion after subsequent revision. The technique has been successfully utilized in five patients since 1999 and has now become our standard treatment method.
Wayne M. Goldstein, MD; Robin Wall, MS, PA-C; Kimberly Berland, CST-FA; The Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, 150 North River Road, Suite 100, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Matthew Kopplin, MD; Department of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago, 209 Medical Sciences South, 901 South Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, IL 60612-7342