Arthroscopy versus arthrotomy for the treatment of septic knee arthritis

Daniel J. Johnson*, Bennet A. Butler, Matthew J. Hartwell, Claire E. Fernandez, Richard W. Nicolay, Ryan S. Selley, Michael A. Terry, Vehniah K. Tjong

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Purpose: To compare complications following arthroscopy and arthrotomy for treatment of septic knee arthritis. Methods: Patients undergoing arthroscopy and arthrotomy for a diagnosis of septic knee arthritis were identified in National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and placed in a multivariate analysis to determine if type of surgery contributed to postoperative complications. Results: Knee arthrotomy was associated with an increased risk for increased operative time [Parameter estimate 4.555 (95% CI:3.023–6.085); p < 0.0001], minor morbid events [OR 2.064 (95% CI: 1.447–2.943); p < 0.0001], and any morbidity [OR 2.285 (95% CI:1.527–3.419); p < 0.0001]. Conclusions: Knee arthrotomy was associated with a higher risk of complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-49
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthrotomy
  • Septic knee

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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