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

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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Leg swelling after i had a total hip replacement surgery. Did they do wrong?

Leg swelling after i had a total hip replacement surgery. Did they do wrong?

Not unusual: It is very common to get leg swelling after total hip or knee replacement. Of course, swelling with pain can be a sign of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) ..Also described by some as "blood clots". This should be evaluated by your doctor. Painless swelling will often resolve after a few months. ...Read more

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After hip replacement surgery, I am suffering pain in my lower back, legs, and feet. I didn't have these problems before surgery. What is going on?

After hip replacement surgery, I am suffering pain in my lower back, legs, and feet. I didn't have these problems before surgery.  What is going on?

Leg length change?: Often, after hip replacement, one leg is left shorter than the other.This changes your gait causing all the symptoms you mentioned: chronic low back pain, foot & leg pain.Surgery could also have caused other problem like pubic shear which needs to be realigned.A good osteopathic eval. might pinpoint the problem.Answer could be as simple as a heel lift or osteopathic manipulation. ...Read more

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I have leg calve perthes had surgery when I was 10 now in a lot of pain seems hip replacement is option but i'm only 24 what other options are there?

I have leg calve perthes had surgery when I was 10 now in a lot of pain seems hip replacement is option but i'm only 24 what other options are there?

Therapy first: Long term consequence of perthe's disease include hip dysplasia and arthritis of the hip. Due to your age you should start with therapy and activity modification. Depending on the extent of the dysplasia your surgical options include femoral osteotomy, acetabular osteotomy and hip resurfacing or replacement! you should see your orthopaedic surgeon! ...Read more

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Is it normal to have leg swelling after total hip replacement surgery?

Is it normal to have leg swelling after total hip replacement surgery?

Can be very normal: Leg swelling after hip replacement can occur for up to 3 months after surgery. I recommend my patients use compression hose, knee high, for 3 months post-op, with periodic leg elevation above heart and head 3x/day x 20-30 minutes. Also, do not be up on the leg too much too soon after surgery. Allow your body to heal. If swelling persists and pain increases with it, then call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is my leg paralyzed after hip replacement surgery...Im only 43.....Now what?

Patience: It depends on what is wrong. Most likely there was a traction injury to the sciatic nerve. It will typically recover in time. It may take a long time, but wait at least 6 weeks from the day of surgery then if there has been no improvement get and EMG (nerve conduction study) of your leg. ...Read more

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Elderly relative had hip replacement surgery, now infection in soft tissue and nerve damage?

Complication are : Infrequent.Infection a small number of people can develop an infection with a total hip replacement this complication can require further surgery to remove the prosthetic components and clean out the joint along with a course of antibiotics lasting six to eight weeks the incidence of nerve injury o-3% in primary total hip arthroplasty most common the sciatic nerve but the femoral, obturator also. ...Read more

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Should having a prostate infection stop me from going ahead with a total hip replacement surgery?

Should having a prostate infection stop me from going ahead with a total hip replacement surgery?

Maybe: If the infection has been treated with antibiotics and is resolving you are probably okay. If not, the surgery should be postponed until the condition has been treated. More importantly, you should be evaluated for the cause of the infection and treated appropriately by a urologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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