Treatment: Joint Wash-Out

Joint wash-out is a procedure that involves washing or cleaning out the contents inside a joint space.

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Why you might need?

Should the infected fluid or ‘pus’ not be drained from a joint, then the infection may get into the blood stream and you may become septic and extremely unwell. The other main problem is that untreated infection within a joint will cause on-going destruction of the cartilage and soft tissues, rendering the joint unstable. Finally, the joint then becomes scarred and immobile.

Treatment Info

This is a procedure carried out under anaesthetic. It is possible for a large joint to become swollen with either a collection of blood inside the joint or fluid resulting from infection. In such circumstances it is desirable to remove the blood or infected fluid. If blood remains inside a joint in large quantities it can become solid and fibrous. This effectively is scar tissue that dramatically reduces the joint range of movement and perhaps immobilises it completely.

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Treatment Programme
Joint Wash-Out


Health Insurance

This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.


Self-Pay Available

This treatment is available for self-paying users. If you would like to see more information on pricing visit our pricing and payments page.


Consultation Required

For this treatment you will need to have a 1-to-1 consultation at OneWelbeck first. To book in with our team of expert clinicians or to find out more about the process contact the relevant centre team.

Joint Wash-Out Specialists

We boast a truly integrated team of orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, podiatric surgeons, rheumatology specialists, paid medicine consultants and hand therapy specialists. All of these services work together in one place, enabling us to give patients the best care possible.