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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 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Infected tka: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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