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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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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?

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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I am having a partial knee replacement, what pain and suffering to expect?

I am having a partial knee replacement, what pain and suffering to expect?

Minimal: Partial knee replacement done well should be mild to moderately painful for about a week. By two weeks it should be tapering off. The pain is far less than total knee replacement if done well and with minimal incisions. Post op therapy is very minimal for partial knee replacements. The key to success is precision installation. Look into robotic installation which can be done minimally invasive. ...Read more

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What to if I am having a partial knee replacement, what to expect?

What to if I am having a partial knee replacement, what to expect?

Good outcome: If it is done the wright way for the wright diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe the pain caused by a partial knee replacement I had 8 weeks ago?

What can I do to soothe the pain caused by a partial knee replacement I had 8 weeks ago?

Should improve: By 2 months post-op, most partial knee replacements are near pain free. If pain is increasing, then discuss this with your surgeon. The pain source must be identified. Possibilities include joint infection, nerve irritation, hip problems, back problems, etc. Continue to work gentle range of motion of the joint to work out stiffness, but limit standing and walking until pain improves. ...Read more

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What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

Partial Knee: With partial knee replacement, only one of the three knee compartments is replaced (or resurfaced). I have a good comparison of issues with partial versus total knee replacement on my website at the following link:

http://www. Andrewpearle. Com/robotic/robotic-knee-resurfacing. Html ...Read more

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What all happens during a partial knee replacement?

What all happens during a partial knee replacement?

Surfaces restored: When one side of your knee joints cartilage wears down, you can resurface the end of the bone with a femoral implant made of cobalt chrome and a tibial component made of titanium and polyethylene. These implants are secured to the bone with a special cement. Precision installation is the key to long term success. Robotics has made this a reproducibly excellent joint retoring procedure. ...Read more

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What is it like going through a partial knee replacement?

What is it like going through a partial knee replacement?

Quick recovery: The procedure usually takes about 1 hour and patients often stay one night in the hospital. Patients need crutches and pain meds for 1-2 weeks. Many patients return to work after 2 weeks. Low impact exercises such as stationary bike are started at 2 weeks. People typically are sore from weeks 2-6 but feel as good or better than preop. Patients often return to golf and tennis at 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I need a partial knee replacement. Should I go to a surgeon that uses a robot?

I need a partial knee replacement. Should I go to a surgeon that uses a robot?

Your Call...: Ultimately, it's your decision. Why not get several opinions from various surgeons and then decide. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever had a partial knee replacement in singapore?

Has anyone ever had a partial knee replacement in singapore?

Why?: I'm not sure why one would go to
singapore to have such a procedure done?
I would have it done in the states if it is
indicated
you certainly don't want to have a partial
replacement done and then find out that it
wasnt sufficient for your problem and then
need to undergo a total knee replacement. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a partial knee replacement?

What is the normal recovery time for a partial knee replacement?

1-2 months: Full function and range of motion can be restored as soon as 2 weeks, but full strength may take more than 2 months. ...Read more

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How likely is going from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

How likely is going from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

Depends: A properly done partial knee replacement on the correct patient can last 20 or more years. When the plastic wears down, you can replace just the plastic or if the other compartment has worn down, you may need to replace the partial with a total knee. I recommend you look into makoplasty partial knee replacement. You can see the surgery on my website at www. Roboticknee md. Com. ...Read more

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Anyone had a partial knee replacement - not total replacement - and get better results?

Partials work: In the proper circumstances, a partial knee replacement (unicondylar replacement) works very well. ...Read more

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What are the chances of going from needing a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

It depends: Typically, only approximately 10% of patients with knee arthritis will qualify for a partial knee replacement based on strict criteria. However, depending on what your symptoms are, expectations, and most importantly discussions with your surgeon, the threshold to going from a partial knee replacement and ending up with a full knee replacement may change. ...Read more

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What are the chances of the surgery changing from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

What are the chances of the surgery changing from a partial knee replacement to a full knee replacement?

Uncommon, age: If the partial knee replacement is performed correctly, one should expect it to last for many years. At the age of 38, you still need to avoid running for excercise, just as for a full knee replacement. If indicated, much better option for you at your very young age. ...Read more

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I had a partial knee replacement 15 months ago. Am I able to return to the gym and work out on the weight machines? Leg presses etc....

I had a partial knee replacement 15 months ago. Am I able to return to the gym and work out on the weight machines? Leg presses etc....

Discuss: You need to discuss with your surgeon or the physical therapist who helped with your recovery; in general, you likely need to ease yourself into a program starting with low weights and being very careful about form;. ...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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Is a patellofemoral replacement the same as a partial knee replacement?

Is a patellofemoral replacement the same as a partial knee replacement?

Hopefully good: Out come, 8-12 weeks after the surgery if every thing went fine you will up about with pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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When do doctors decide to do a partial knee replacement over a total replacement?

When do doctors decide to do a partial knee replacement over a total replacement?

If all parts are aff: A total knee is done when you have involvement of all 3 componenets of the knee and especially when the patelllofemoral jt is involved with either the medial or lateral side. ...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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How long will it take to recover from a partial knee replacement surgery? What will healing be like? Will I be able to maintain an active lifestyle?

How long will it take to recover from a partial knee replacement surgery? What will healing be like? Will I be able to maintain an active lifestyle?

4-6 weeks: Why is a 23 yo asking the question? Recovery is faster than totals. But, it is still dependent on proper technique. In general, the procedure is for patients with isolated one compartment arthritis. Recovery is relatively short, and you can slowly resume all activities. Still, running, and heavy stress on the knee should be tempered to try to prolong the life of the joint. ...Read more

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Immunosuppressed for 4 years, just contracted salmonella and have a partial knee replacement surgery in a month. Can I still have it with proper treatme?

Immunosuppressed for 4 years, just contracted salmonella and have a partial knee replacement surgery in a month. Can I still have it with proper treatme?

Yes if properly: Treated. The infection can be nasty in someone who has been immunosuppressed, though without clear idea of why you are suppressed. Usually you would need stronger and longer antibiotic treatment and close monitor of symptoms to ensure the infection has cleared completely prior to having surgery. Good luck and keep a strong relationship with your doctors. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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 of ...Read more


Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Partial Knee Replacement (Definition)

Replacing one of the 3 compartments in the ...Read more