How should postoperative cellulitis be treated in patients with total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) in place?

Authors: Milena M. Plöger, Christopher D. Murawski

RECOMMENDATION: In the absence of evidence, we recommend that (1) patients with TAA in place who develop postoperative cellulitis be evaluated thoroughly to rule out periprosthetic joint infection of the ankle, and (2) that isolated cellulitis may be treated with antibiotics, elevation and close monitoring. Aspiration can be considered in certain cases, with the potential risk of introducing deep space infection.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Consensus

DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 92%, Disagree: 0%, Abstain: 8% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)

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