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4Treatment - initial surgery for fracture wound infection

Adequate, timely débridement is the most important element of the treatment of a fracture-site infection.

Débridement

The surgical excision must be complete and thorough.
Adequate, timely débridement is the most important element of the treatment of a fracture-wound infection.
With well-established infections, there may not be a clear demarcation between viable and non-viable tissue. Radical excision may be necessary to eliminate infection, even though it may increase the complexity of reconstruction.