Prediction is hard and prediction is even harder for postoperative infections

Deep infection after a major orthopaedic surgery is a devastating complication. A prediction model with excellent predictive performance for deep infections would be extremely valuable for example in joint replacement surgery. The problem is that a deep infection is (fortunely) very rare event. Overall infection rate is close to 1% in the modern total knee […]

It´s all about explained variation in the periprosthetic joint infections

I showed this slide in my clinic meeting presentation which was about periprosthetic joint infections. Infection rates were very high in the early years of modern total joint replacement surgery in 1960s. Today, the risk of deep infection after a total hip or knee replacement surgery is something close to 1%. This major improvement is […]

Implications of binomial distribution in the daily orthopaedic practice

Deep infection is a devastating complication in the orthopaedic surgery. It usually requires a revision surgery and a risk for further complications increases greatly. Functional outcome is usually much worse after deep infection compared to uneventful primary surgery especially if removal of implants is required to eridicate the infection. Deep infection are often systematically recorded […]