The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 35, Issue 3, S35 - S39

Point/Counterpoint: Static vs Articulating Spacers—Static Spacers for Resection Arthroplasty of the Knee

Bowman, Erik C. et al.

Antibiotic spacers play a significant role in the treatment of periprosthetic joint infections. They help maintain soft-tissue tension and provide delivery of high dose of antibiotics to the local tissue. The use of static or dynamic spacers is based on multiple factors including the extent of soft-tissue, ligamentous and bone compromise, overall patient function, comorbid conditions, and virulence of the organism. There is no difference in reinfection incidence between static vs dynamic spacers following two-stage reimplantation. Static spacers can be customized to treat all cases of periprosthetic total knee infections and offer intraoperative flexibility to vary the cement quantity and amount of antibiotics in the spacer to provide high-dose local delivery of antibiotics to address the dead space, bone loss, and soft-tissue compromise. Static spacers are especially advantageous in cases of extensor mechanism and ligamentous compromise where articulating spacers may not be able to provide adequate stability.

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