infection following knee replacement

What should I do if I have an infection following a total knee replacement?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology
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Get it evaluated NOW


This is a very serious issue that often requires aggressive treatment which includes IV antibiotics, lavage or even removal of the prosthesis. See your orthopedist ASAP.
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How do you know if you have an infection in your knee after a partial knee replacement?

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Dr. Frederick F. Buechel
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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!!!!!
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How to determine if I have an infection in my knee after having a partial knee replacement?

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Dr. John T. Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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.
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Physical rehabilitation

Interesting Fact

The success of a knee replacement depends on the surgery and the post operative rehab both.

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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How can you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

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Dr. Barry A. Waldman
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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.
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How would you know if you have an infection in your knee after having a partial knee replacement?

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Dr. Frederick F. Buechel
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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.
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Yoga

What To Ask Your Doc

yoga is a great exercise after hip or knee replacement surgery. ask your doctor when can can start.

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I had a knee replacement a year ago and the same knee suddenly got hot and swollen, should I be worried about an infection?

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Dr. John R. Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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Yes


Yes you should be worried about an infection. Acute swelling and pain can also occur from bleeding into the knee. If you are on any anti-coagulants you can bleed into your knee even if there was no specific injury or trauma. Either way you should see an orthopedic surgeon ASAP. Waiting only allows an infection to become established and harder to treat.
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Swelling of r ankle. Total knee replacement may 2012. Infection December 2012. Opened knee again. Now ankle swelling. Cause?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology
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See your doctor


with your history that provided, you need to see your doctor for further evaluation
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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.

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Dr. Virginia E. Klaas
Nuclear Medicine
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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.
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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

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Dr. Peter M. Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
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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.
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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 wont give antibiotics. He says the knee will have to come out

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Dr. Jc Alvarez
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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The doctor is correct. Oral antibiotics cannot cure an infected knee replacement. The knee usually needs to come out and the infection treated prior to placing another knee replacement.
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