Obesity, Comorbidities, and Prior Operations Additively Increase Failure in 2-Stage Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty for Prosthetic Joint Infection

Published:October 04, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arth.2021.09.021



      Prosthetic joint infection (PJI) of the knee carries significant morbidity, mortality, and economic cost. We hypothesize that obese and poor medical hosts will have a significant and additive increase in failure rate undergoing 2-stage revision total knee arthroplasty for PJI.


      All 2-stage revision total knee arthroplasty procedures for PJI performed at one institution were identified between 2005 and 2020. In total, 144 patients were included and defined as success or failure based on published criteria regarding infection eradication, further intervention, or mortality. The American Society of Anesthesiologists score and the Charlson Comorbidity Index were utilized to assess host grade. Patient, surgical, and microbiologic variables were investigated with univariable and multivariable analysis to explore association with risk of failure.


      In the cohort, 32.4% of patients failed with mean follow-up of 5.1 years. In multivariable analysis, the number of major operations requiring arthrotomy and implantation of new material between the primary and first stage, host grade, and elevated body mass index were the major contributors to failure. Combining these factors, with body mass index >30 and 2 or more major operations, the failure rate increased to 76.5% and 71.4% respectively for American Society of Anesthesiologists score 3 (P ≤ .001) and Charlson Comorbidity Index ≥2 (P ≤ .001).


      In this cohort, multiple major operations between the primary and first stage, host grade, and obesity were the major contributors to failure. When combining these factors, patients had an additive increase in failure rate. Treatments such as amputation or less invasive options and suppression should be discussed and considered in these patients.


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