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

What should I do if I have an infection following a total 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 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 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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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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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 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 more

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Can one let me know about complete knee replacement and risks?

Can one let me know about complete knee replacement and risks?

I will tell you: Tkr as called were the end of both femur and tibia and patella are caped like tooth cap. If it is done for the diagnosis, patient will enjoy the result. The complication rare are very low and the most serious complication is infection lee that 1%. ...Read more

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Husband had knee replacement it went bad. What are our options now?

Husband had knee replacement it went bad. What are our options now?

Depends?: If your husband has developed an infection then the best option is to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who is specially trained in joint replacement surgery to give you options. ...Read more

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I had knee replacement sept was doing great and now have more pain even at nite. Dr released me a month ago and is hurting more?

I had knee replacement sept was doing great and now have more pain even at nite.  Dr released me a month ago and is hurting more?

Several possiblities: If you are having increased knee pain, you need a clinical re-assessment. If the knee is swollen and warm, then it is inflamed which raises the possibility of an infection. In that case the fluid should be drawn out and send for culture and several other tests to see what is going on. Other possibilities are referred pain from the hip and the back. An examination should be able to help here. ...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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