Forced-air warming devices, which are used in most major surgeries, have recently become subject to intense scrutiny over alleged safety concerns. Several studies have linked their use to higher risks of infections—specifically major joint infections occurring after hip or knee operations.
A joint infection, or septic arthritis, is the inflammation of an affected joint as the body responds to an infection. Joint infections typically affect large joints in the body such as the knee or hip, however, in some instances the infection may affect several joints. If you’re experiencing pain after a hip or knee surgery, you may have an infection.