RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS (AAOS) ON PRE-MEDICATION BEFORE DENTAL PROCEDURES
Patients with joint replacements who are having dental procedures are considered to be at a greater risk of infection onto joint implants, known as bacteremia. In the past, it has been recommended that such patients pre-medicate before a dental procedure for up to two years after the joint replacement. However, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has since revised their recommendations to state that joint replacement patients should always pre-medicate, no matter the length of time since the surgery. "There is evidence that some immunocompromised patients with total joint replacements may be at higher risk for hematogenous infections... However, patients with pins, plates and screws, or other orthopaedic hardware that is not within a synovial joint are not at increased risk."
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