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4Treatment - initial surgery for fracture wound infection

Fracture stabilized with external fixator

With acute wound infections, internal fixation devices may be retained, if they continue to provide absolute mechanical stability. If the implants are loose, and in more established infections, it is advisable to remove all hardware and to re-stabilize with an external fixator. Make sure to position the pins far enough from the infected wounds, while still maintaining adequate stability.