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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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Dr. Rick Koch
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Drink at least 2L of water
Daily
Avoid irritating foods
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Empty bladder 4-6 times per day
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Empty bladder after intercourse
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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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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
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Avoid fragrances in soaps, detergents, panty liners and pads
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Avoid too much scrubbing, direct pressure from thongs, tight clothes
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If menopausal, vaginal estrogens (plant based) help prevent uti's
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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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