We treat patients with vascular graft infections with a long-term antibiotic therapy. The type of antibiotic therapy depends on the microbiological diagnostics. In general, patients receive six weeks iv antibiotic therapy followed by a connection oral therapy. The duration of antibiotic therapy is determined by PET / CT.
Usually patients are operated in a graft preserving manner together with a surgical debridement and topical negative pressure (negative pressure wound therapy; NPWT). In exceptional cases, the vascular prosthesis has to be removed.
There is a close cooperation with our colleagues of Cardiovascular Surgery, with the Microbiology and with the Radiologists.
We do research in the field of vascular prostheses infection and our research is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Patients with vascular prosthesis infections are included in VASGRA.