Prosthetic Hip with Vancomycin-Releasing Polymer (image) Massachusetts General Hospital Share Print E-Mail Caption In the new approach to treating prosthetic joint infection, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, the infected prosthesis and affected tissue are removed and the new prosthesis, incorporating an antibody-releasing polymer, is implanted in a single procedure. The antibiotic -- in this example vancomycin -- is released over time to eradicate any bacteria that remain and prevent future infection. Credit Jeremy Vincentius Suhardi, Harris Orthopædics Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital Usage Restrictions Image restricted to coverage of this paper. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.