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How can you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

How can you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Pain and Swelling: Infections in joint replacements can be very hard to diagnose. Generally, doctors with use blood tests, radiographic tests, aspirations (a tap of the fluid in the knee) and some times biopsies to determine if there is an infection. ...Read more

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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


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How would you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

How would  you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Red, pain, drainage: The common signs of an infection can include the following: -fever -redness around the incision -swelling with redness -drainage from a red and swollen knee -pain with weight bearing in a red swollen knee -blood test that show an elevated WBC count, elevated c-reactive protein, elevated esr - the gold standard is to drain fluid out of the knee and send it to the lab for gram stain and culture. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have an infection in your knee after a partial knee replacement?

How do you know if you have an infection in your knee after a partial knee replacement?

Red swollen hot pain: The clinical findings that are concerning for an infected knee are: 1. Redness/pinkness around the incision or knee. 2. Increased swelling around knee 3. Increased pain with bending or weight bearing 4. Fever, chills, lethargy, loss of appetite 5. A knee draining fluid from the incision or a new hole 6. Blood tests with elevated wbc, crp, esr. See your surgeon with any concern asap, don't wait! ...Read more

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How to determine if I have an infection in my knee after having a partial knee replacement?

How to determine if I have an infection in my knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Pain, swelling fever: A bacterial infection always produces pain and swelling. A severe one with strep or staph aureus will create a hot knee with fever and constitutional symptoms. Taking fluid out of the knee for analysis is the most definitive test. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have infected knee after having a partial knee replacement?

How do you know if you have infected knee after having a partial knee replacement?

Get to your surgeon: The clinical findings that are concerning for an infected knee are: 1. Redness/pinkness around the incision or knee. 2. Increased swelling around knee 3. Increased pain with bending or weight bearing 4. Fever, chills, lethargy, loss of appetite 5. A knee draining fluid from the incision or a new hole 6. Blood tests with elevated wbc, crp, esr. See your surgeon with any concern asap, don't wait! ...Read more

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What is normal recovery after having a partial knee replacement?

Hopefully quick: Partial knee replacements tend to progress at a much faster rate than a total. Often times, within one-two weeks, you should be getting around quite well without much pain. ...Read more

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What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

What should I expect after a partial knee replacement?

Relief from pain: A partial knee replacement involves a resurfacing of one of three parts of the knee (medial, lateral , or patella-femoral compartments). There may be some lateral knee numbness after surgery. Recovery is quicker than a total knee replacement; usually @6 weeks. After surgery you need to take an antibiotic before any dental or GI procedures and avoid high impact activities. ...Read more

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How long after a partial knee replacement will the swelling resolve?

How long after a partial knee replacement will the swelling resolve?

Weeks: Swelling of the knee can take a few weeks to resolve. It should be iced aggressively. If it is not improving or if it is red, warm, draining or you have a fever, it needs to be seen by your doctor immediately. Swelling of the leg also needs to be checked to rule out for blood clots. ...Read more

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When after a partial knee replacement can you walk without so much pain and swelling?

When after a partial knee replacement can you walk without so much pain and swelling?

Within weeks: Most of my 500+ patients after their partial knee replacements have about 3-4 days of mild to moderate pain and swelling. They are instructed to walk around the house every hour that first week since they go home the same day. They use a walker or cane or crutches the first few days. Ice machines with knee wraps and stocking reduce the swelling and pain significantly. 2-3 weeks & 80-90% better. ...Read more

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How long after a partial knee replacement can you walk without much pain and swelling?

How long after a partial knee replacement can you walk without much pain and swelling?

Within weeks: Most of my 500+ patients after their partial knee replacements have about 3-4 days of mild to moderate pain and swelling. They are instructed to walk around the house every hour that first week since they go home the same day. They use a walker or cane or crutches the first few days. Ice machines with knee wraps and stocking reduce the swelling and pain significantly. 2-3 weeks & 80-90% better. ...Read more

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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Partial Knee Replacement (Definition)

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