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How Would You Know If You Have An Infection In A 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your surgeon: Infection is a serious condition in a total knee replacement and needs urgent treatment. If it is caught early, a surgical washout of the joint with antibiotic therapy may cure the infection. If not, the implants may need to be removed in order to cure the infection. Once accomplished, a total knee may be redone to restore knee function. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a knee replacement a year ago and the same knee suddenly got hot and swollen, should I be worried about an infection?
I've been battling an infection after a knee replacement for a little over a year. Is there a natural way to cure Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus?
Yes and no: Depending on how you look at it, and it may already have been done, the most "natural" way to treat someone with an infected total knee replacement is to remove any foreign bodies in your knee that could potentially harbor infection. Unfortunately, however, this means removing the entire knee replacement itself and then trying to eradicate the infection at that point. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How do I know that my doctor has chosen the knee replacement of a manufacturer with the fewest problems, i.e. fsilure, infection, etc. Do I have any?
Knee arthroplasty: Your orthopedic surgeon should be very open to your valid concerns. She or he should be willing to tell you which manufacturer they prefer and why. Then you can do your own research to "validate" what was stated in your patient encounter. I would hope that they prefer placing hardware that has the best outcome for you. ...Read more
Unusual pathogen: Risk of prosthetic joint infection is influenced by many modifiers pre/postoperatively. The success of your prosthetic joint in highly dependent of some routine health observation; dental, genitourinary, GI etc. Listeria M. is not a usual pathogen in PJIs. If you are worried about the possibility of infection please contact your surgeon ASAP for proper evaluation. Take care! ...Read more
Total knee replacement because of mrsa, I may need a revision because of reoccurring cyst, will 2nd time be as hard? No infection now 1st is cemented
Very tough?: If u mean u need a revision because of MRSA infection in the knee now, the process is long. When the implants r removed cultures r taken ; no new implants. Antibiotic impregnated cement is left in ; u r treated with the proper antibiotics. When CRP ; other studies return to normal, the area may b aspirated ; cultured again ; if clean u then can talk 2 ur surgeon about the next step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a bone scan on knee replacement feb, 2012. My gp said report said could be infection, loosening or trauma. Please help me understand.
Needs correlation: A bone scan looks at the metabolism around the replacement. If there is lots of uptake, that means there is lots of bone turn over. Unfortunately several different things can cause increased turn over. Like infection, a loose prosthesis or even recent trauma and fracture. This must be assessed along with symptoms and possibly blood work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Swelling of r ankle. Total knee replacement may 2012. Infection december 2012. Opened knee again. Now ankle swelling. Cause?
Can antibiotics be given to clear infection post knee replacement surgery? My dad had a knee replacement in july. The pain has never went away. The doctor is saying it is possibly infected but won't give antibiotics. He says the knee will have to come out
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See Ortho doc: You may need exercises to range your knee, however if there is something wrong with your replacement the orthopedic doc may need to further evaluate you. ...Read more
On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as I expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?
I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee
Many Choices: It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage. Possible meds include pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin) anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too) seek specialty advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a medisic knee repair 1 yr ago and since then I have been in constant pain can't do the simplest thing do u think I could get knee replacement?
I have osteoarthritis in both knees but I am too young for knee replacement how can I manage the pain, I can, t get around very well.
Arthritis exercise.: Osteoarthritis is best treated with regular exercise and being at your ideal weight. The pain can be treated with acetaminophen, and anti inflammatory medications, such as naproxen, and ibuprofen. Injections to knees with steroids, or the use of Hyaluronate products are effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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