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How do you drain an infected knee?

Drainage of an infected knee is performed by inserting sterile tubes into a small cut made in the skin to access the joint space. A large amount of sterile water or saline is then used to flush out the joint. This is done under general anesthesia as this eliminates the pain and helps you remain completely still for the procedure. 

After washing out the joint with a large amount of fluid, the surgeon will close the small incision in the side of the knee. You will have to take antibiotics for several days after the surgery to prevent a return of any new infection.

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