Department of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology

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Treatment of periprosthetic joint infections and osteomyelitis

Orthopedic infections such as perirosthetic joint infection (PJI) or bone infections (osteomyelitis) are rare but difficult to diagnose and to treat due to biofilm formation. Together with an interdisciplinary treatment team of orthopedic surgeons, internists and microbiologists we give recommendations for an optimal diagnostic and the least invasive but most successful surgical and antibiotic treatment. We have visits twice a week at the orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist Zürich and once a week at Schulthess Klinik Zürich.

We treat patients with vascular prosthesis infections with long-term antibiotic therapy. The type of antibiotic therapy depends on the microbiological diagnosis. As a rule, patients receive iv antibiotic therapy for six weeks, followed by oral follow-up therapy. The duration of antibiotic therapy is determined by PET/CT.

Infectious Diseases consultant service USZ

  • Prof. Dr. med. Annelies Zinkernagel, Senior Attending physician
  • Prof. Roberto Speck, Attending physician meV
  • PD Dr. Barbara Hasse, Attending physician meV
  • PD Dr. med. Dominique Braun, Attending physician
  • Dr. med. Nadja Eberhard, Attending physician
  • Dr. med. Silvio Brugger, Attending physician

Research

At the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Hospital Hygiene, two research groups are running projects with the topic of prosthesis infections or osteomyelitis.

Group Achermann Group Zinkernagel

Registration and information

Phone. +41 44 255 33 22 or 075 432 04 89 (daytime)
Phone. 
+41 44 255 11 11 (nights, weekends and public holidays)