NYU Langone orthopedists and infectious disease specialists help prevent bone and joint infections from returning. During follow-up visits, which may occur every two weeks, our doctors perform blood tests to monitor for signs of infection and to ensure that treatment is effective.
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Many bone and joint infections are cleared with medication, surgery, or a combination of the two. However, for some people, osteomyelitis or septic arthritis may never completely go away. The bacteria can lie dormant in the body and return, even after treatment.
Recurrent infections, or “flares,” typically occur in the same spot as the original infection. If you experience a flare, NYU Langone physicians can prescribe medication to manage your symptoms or perform surgery to remove dead or damaged tissue.
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