Understanding the Risks & Causes of Bone Infections
The University of Chicago Medicine's Bone Infection Program is setting a new standard of care for patients with osteomyelitis (infection in the bone). Thanks to exceptional experience and skill, orthopaedic surgeons and infectious disease specialists work together to provide unparalleled diagnosis and treatment of osteomyelitis. Our Bone Infection Program brings together experts in these two specialties to provide comprehensive care in a single setting.
Bone infections can become a severe condition if not treated properly. If you have any of the following signs, you should reach out to your doctor right away:
- Chronic infections of bone
- Infections around or involving orthopaedic implants
- Infected fractures
- Infections of original (native) and prosthetic joints
Treatment for Bone Infection
In order to give you the best care options for your bone infections, our doctors offer both non-operative and operative solutions, including:
- Medication, including infusion therapy
- Draining the infected area
- Removing diseased bone and tissue (debridement)
- Restoration of blood flow to the bone
- Removal of foreign objects such as plates or screws from a previous surgery
- Limb salvage, limb reconstruction
- Bone grafting
- Limb lengthening, bone transplant
Our team also can coordinate home and outpatient services for follow-up care.
Comprehensive Bone Infection Treatment
Our infectious disease team specializes in treating bone infections, including viral infections, fungal infections and bacterial infections
UChicago Medicine’s therapists design treatment plans that are unique to each individual’s rehabilitation needs.
Telemedicine at UChicago Medicine
For your convenience and safety, we offer secure and easy virtual visits for most non-urgent visit types. Our care providers can assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis, recommend treatment and send prescriptions to your pharmacy.
Whether you are facing a complex health issue or difficult treatment decision, getting a second opinion can help you make an informed decision about your care. Get an online second opinion from one of our experts without having to leave home.