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Infection Following Knee Replacement
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I had a knee replacement a year ago and the same knee suddenly got hot and swollen, should I be worried about an infection?
Yes: You definitely need to worry about infection! see your surgeon who will probably order some bloodwork and aspirate your knee to have the fluid aspirated. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Swelling of r ankle. Total knee replacement may 2012. Infection december 2012. Opened knee again. Now ankle swelling. Cause?
See your doctor: With your history that provided, you need to see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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