Orthopedic Infections Specialist

Remix Medical

Integrated Medical Practice & Chronic Disease Management located in Houston, TX

Infections of any kind require care and attention, but prompt treatment of an orthopedic, or bone, infection is necessary to prevent permanent damage. Remix Medical in Houston provides quality care for orthopedic infections to reduce your risk of irreversible damage to your bone cells. To find out more or to book an appointment call the office today. You can also use the convenient online booking feature.

Orthopedic Infections Q & A

What are orthopedic infections?

Orthopedic infections, clinically referred to as osteomyelitis, are infections that affect your bones. Disease-causing germs can enter your body through a break in the skin, destroy healthy tissue, multiply, and then travel through your bloodstream to infect other body parts, including your bones.

You may be more susceptible to an orthopedic infection if you have a history of diabetes or kidney disease. Smokers are also at greater risk of these types of infections.

You may also be at risk of an orthopedic infection if you’ve recently had joint replacement surgery.

What are the symptoms of orthopedic infections?

You may not always experience symptoms with an orthopedic infection, or it may be confused with another health issue.

Common symptoms that may indicate an orthopedic infection include:

  • Bone pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Redness or swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Fluid drainage
  • Lethargy

You should contact Jorge Zuniga, MD at Remix Medical right away to schedule an appointment if you’re experiencing both bone pain and fever. You may also want to come in for an evaluation if you suspect an infection and are at risk for a bone infection due to your medical history.

How is an orthopedic infection diagnosed?

Dr. Zuniga can determine if you have a bone infection after a thorough evaluation. During your evaluation, he conducts a complete physical exam, runs blood tests, and may recommend diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray or MRI, to further evaluate the health of your bone.

If Dr. Zuniga suspects an orthopedic infection, a bone biopsy may be conducted to determine the type of germ causing your infection so you can get the most targeted treatment.

How are orthopedic infections treated?

Treatment for your orthopedic infection generally requires surgery to remove the infected portion of your bone, followed by a course of antibiotics. The extent of your surgery depends on the severity of your infection and may include:

  • Drainage of the pus and fluid
  • Debridement of the infected bone and surrounding tissue
  • Restoration of blood flow to the area

Without proper treatment, an orthopedic infection can lead to bone death or spread to your joint and cause septic arthritis.

An orthopedic infection requires prompt treatment. Call Remix Medical or schedule an appointment online if you suspect you have an infection in your bone.