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Could an infection from hip replacement surgery cause a diabetic to lose leg?

Could an infection from hip replacement surgery cause a diabetic to lose leg?

Rare: Infection after artificial hip or knee replacement is rare but problematic. Diabetics have a higher risk than non-diabetics however, the risk can be decreased by proper preoperative medical workup, including making sure the diabetes is well controlled (hga1c less than 6.5). Should an infection occur, we can usually resolve it in 90%+ of cases, but it would require 2-3 more surgeries. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Hip Replacement (Definition)

Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more


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Is it possible to have severe nerve damage following a total hip replacement?

Is it possible to have severe nerve damage following a total hip replacement?

Nerve: Depending on the surgical approach there are several nerves that are at risk. In posterior approaches the sciatic nerve can be damaged or stretched. In the anterior approach the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and the femoral nerve are at risk. If a nerve is injured it can recover but in some cases it can be permanent. ...Read more

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Would a diabetic with an infection from a hip replacement end up losing the leg?

Yes: It is fortunately a rare occurrence but amputation for an infected total hip prosthesis is possible. Infections are more common in diabetics. ...Read more

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What could cause someone to require a double hip replacement at 43?

What could cause someone to require a double hip replacement at 43?

Multiple causes: Rehumatiod artiritis a severe degenerative joint disease trauma congenital dislocated hip wearing away of the cartilage abnormal acetabulum ( the socket) and more. ...Read more

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Can a surgeon ethically drop a patient & cancel a scheduled surgery due to patient's injury lead to a pending lawsuit? I am in desperate need of a hip replacement due to traumatic impact to the hip from a fall. My case is pending and it looks like there

Can a surgeon ethically drop a patient & cancel a scheduled surgery due to patient's injury lead to a pending lawsuit? I am in desperate need of a hip replacement due to traumatic impact to the hip from a fall.  My case is pending and it looks like there

This : This is a difficult question to answer. If a person is having a true medical or surgical emergency, then there are laws that require a hospital and a doctor to take care of that emergency problem for the patient. If it is an elective, non-emergency condition, then it is up to the doctor or surgeon and their personal and office policies as to what services they will offer or accept. It is not uncommon for medical or surgical offices to not accept a medical lien from an attorney's office or third party injury insurance company, waiting to see if payment is accepted in the future. Also there would be hospital fees for a major surgery, and some hospitals also may not accept this type of payment pending legal actions. The surgeon would not be able to perform the operation without the cooperation and availability of the hospital, as well as the anesthesiologist for the surgery too. It may also depend on the severity or expected surgical difficulty of the condition and the medical-legal risks that the doctor's office feels that they may be entering into. You may need to ask your attorney what he/she feels your options are for payments or coverage. The hippocratic oath has to do with offering the best and proper care, not causing harm, and not performing unnecessary or harmful treatments or procedures. I believe that the oath does not mandate that a doctor must take care of all patients for all conditions at the patient's request. ...Read more

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How dangerous could be if one person contract bacterial pneumonia after a surgery ( total knee replacement) could this put in danger the prosthesis?

How dangerous could be if one person contract bacterial pneumonia after a surgery ( total knee replacement) could this put in danger the prosthesis?

Post knee replacemen: It depends on the length of time from the surgery. You will probably be fine as long as you are being treated and them followed for 6-8 weeks ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a joint infection after a total hip replacement surgery?

See your surgeon: This is potentially serious complication that needs to be treated by your surgeon. Depending on how long it has been present, this may require a surgery to wash out the joint, or removal of the joint, followed by weeks of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Other than surgery what else an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Other than  surgery what else  an I do for my muscle atrophy of my left leg. Ii have nerve damage due to a back injury?

Therapy: The best non-surgical option is therapy to work on muscle stengthening. You may want to be seen by a physiatrist (rahabilatation doctor) to determine any special modalities and/or medications that may be beneficial in recovery of the muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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Nerve damage prior to s1-l4, alif. Sciatic pain replaced by nerve pain in feet, esp big toe. Is this permanent or from surgery? How long to recover?

Nerve damage prior to s1-l4, alif. Sciatic pain replaced by nerve pain in feet, esp big toe. Is this permanent or from surgery? How long to recover?

Talk to surgeon: Need a diagnosis for new l 5 sympts after alif was this augmented with posterior instrumentation or stand alone alif if posterior instrumentaion used need ct scan to check screw postion could be disc pushed back into foramen or traction from distraction on a scarred nerve root some of these are correctsble some are not need a daignosis for new pain after surgery before prognosis can bediscerned. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anchors from a hip labral repair from dec 23,2013 to move or shift and cause sharp pains?

Is it possible for anchors from a hip labral repair from dec 23,2013 to move or shift and cause sharp pains?

It is very: common to have "catching", sharp pains from the labral repair but the anchors do not move..the labrum may have re-torn! See your orthopedist a MRI with contrast may be indicated! Hope this hhelps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I had an EMG that showed damage to s1 and s2 nerve . Could the pain in ball of foot be caused from damaged nerve. Does it travel to toes?

I had an EMG that showed damage to s1 and s2 nerve . Could the pain in ball of foot be caused from damaged nerve. Does it travel to toes?

Backwards thinking: Presumably you didn't just wander by a neurologist's shop window & made an impulse purchase of an EMG/NCS. You had the test for a reason. Was your foot pain the reason? You must have seen a PCP who referred you to a neurologist. What's THEIR differential Dx of your pain? If you didn't ask, why not? You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. Silence won't get you one. Ask. ...Read more

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What would be causing bone bruise to continue to cause mild pain swelling numbness in other parts of the leg a year after injury?

What would be causing  bone bruise to continue to cause mild pain swelling numbness in other parts of the leg a year after injury?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What would be causing bone bruise to continue to cause mild pain swelling numbness in other parts of the leg a year after injury?

What would be causing  bone bruise to continue to cause mild pain swelling numbness in other parts of the leg a year after injury?

You need an X-ray: to be sure there's not something going on in the bone other than a bruise. This could be serious. Good luck ...Read more

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Could it be alright to have a leg amputated to get rid of frequent knee pain?

WOW: Amputation would be a drastic treatment for knee pain and is usually reserved for severe infection or circulation deficiency. There are many other treatments that are far more popular for knee pain...Depending on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Do the knee MRI shows if there's a nerve problem ? and can a nerve problem cause a constant knee pain for a year , as I went to 7 orthos and no effect

MRI won't show it!: Even the best MRI will not show a nerve problem unless you have a giant tumor of the nerve. MRIs only show big things. If you have constant knee pain, an orthopedic surgeon good at diagnostic assessments and exam testing should be able to help you. The most important thing is a good physical examination and a good clinical history. Diagnostic testing is only to confirm what the examiner suspects. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow bone back to avoid having a knee or hip replacement?

Is it possible to grow bone back to avoid having a knee or hip replacement?

No: Bone is not the problem, arthritis is caused by a loss of cartilage covering the bone. Cartilage is that smooth shiny stuff on the end of the bone like you see on a drumstick at the joint. We have many procedures to reproduce it in small amounts or repair it if only small areas are lost or damaged, but when there is more exposed bone than cartilage, hip or knee replacement becomes necessary. ...Read more

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How about FERMORAL NEUROPATHY. I'm a type 2 diabetic with servere NERVE DAMAGE to the left ankle which was caused by a slip and fall to my lower bk ?

How about FERMORAL NEUROPATHY. I'm a type 2 diabetic with servere NERVE DAMAGE to the left ankle which was caused by a slip and fall to my lower bk ?

Diabetes or Trauma ?: There are several types of neuropathy, including femoral or amyotrophy, which can affect patients who have diabetes. It is possible that you may have been or presently are having symptoms associated with them. The bigger issue is separating the damage caused by the physical trauma the ankle as well as the lower back. A neurologist might be the one to best sort out the various possibilities. ...Read more

Dr. John Thaler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more