Management of bone loss, particularly in the face of open or contaminated wounds, presents a reconstructive challenge. Polymethylmethacrylate impregnated with antibiotics has been used successfully in the treatment of infected total joint arthroplasty and open fractures. The cement delivers high-dose local concentrations of antibiotics while filling a space. This article presents our use of an antibiotic-impregnated cement spacer for bone loss in the forearm or hand in the face of open or infected wounds. The cement spacer fills a potential space, prevents the involution of the surrounding soft tissue, and delivers appropriate antibiotics. When the spacer is removed, the remaining sheath serves to hold and contain the cancellous bone graft.
- Bone loss
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine