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Rusk, TX
A 58-year-old female asked:

my 3 grandkids who live with me have staph sores. ii had bilateral knee replacement 10 weeks ago. could this be dangerous for me? should i notify my orthopedic surgeon?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samuel Young
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: If your incisions are well-healed, then direct contact with a staph infection of the skin on another person would typically cause an infection of your skin or possibly the fatty tissues just below the skin. It is not likely that you would get a direct infection of the joint unless you first contaminated your own skin and fatty tissue and then it penetrated deeper; nonetheless, keep your distance.
Dr. Ryan Pitts
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Good Habits : It's unlikely, but make sure the whole family is using regular hand washing, avoid direct contact with the sores, don't share towels, etc etc . It's unlikely the staph could get into your bloodstream and then into your new knees, but good hygiene practices will help ensure that. If by some chance your knees be become more painfully, red, or swollen let your surgeon know immediately.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Consider intranasal Bactoban for entire family to prevent Staph shedding
Jan 17, 2013

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