Transform infected trauma

Courtesy of Mr Hemant K Sharma, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon , Senior Clinical Tutor, Hull, UK
Products: STIMULAN®

Clinical particulars
35-year-old male involved in a road traffic accident, suffered multiple injuries and subtrochanteric fracture of left femur. This was nailed, however, subsequently he developed infection and drainage from both at proximal and distal locking screw areas. He went to theatre multiple times and developed wound approx. 15cm on the proximal lateral thigh, which was treated with VAC.

He presented a year later with discharging wound proximally and distally.


The femoral nail was removed followed by reaming of the femoral canal and wash-out procedure. 40cc of STIMULAN was used to carry the antibiotic and fill resulting dead space in the intramedullary canal. Cultures revealed infection to be Staphylococcus aureus which was treated with vancomycin and tobramycin.


2.5 months post-operatively x-rays showed almost complete absorption of the STIMULAN beads and at 7 months there was complete healing of the non-union.

At 1 year follow-up the patient remains infection free, walking with no pain.


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