When disease-causing bacteria enter the body from an open wound or penetrating injury or through the bloodstream, bones can become infected. This can happen after a recent illness or after surgery, such as one done to repair a fracture or replace a joint. Osteomyelitis, a bacterial infection in the bones, can be either acute, meaning it lasts for a short period, or chronic, meaning it remains for a long time.
NYU Langone orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, and infectious disease specialists are experienced in managing osteomyelitis. They work as a team, and often with other specialists, to treat this condition.
Our doctors usually treat bone infections with a combination of surgery and antibiotics. Surgery is generally needed to remove dead or damaged bone tissue and clean infected areas. Sometimes a plastic surgeon rearranges muscle to bring in healthier tissue to allow for eradication of the infection.
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