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Doctor insights on: Taking Antibiotics After A Hip Replacement

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Will I need to take antibiotics after having a hip replacement?

Will I need to take antibiotics after having a hip replacement?

Yes: Most surgeons follow a protocol of IV antibiotics for 24 hrs after the surgery. This is evidenced-based. Antibiotics are usually advised for other post-op procedures as well. I advise patients with a joint replacement to take prophylactic antibiotics before any procedure (i.e. Dental cleaning, colonoscopy, urologic work) that can potentially send bacteria into the bloodstream. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Hip Replacement (Definition)

Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more


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When is it necessary for hip replacement patients need to take antibiotics?

When is it necessary for hip replacement patients need to take antibiotics?

Prophylaxis: Typical recommendation after a hip replacement is antibiotic prophylaxis prior to any dental appointment or invasive procedure. Recommendations vary, but using antibiotic is typically recommended for the first two years after surgery. ...Read more

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After hip replacement, do you have to take antibiotics every time you have even a minor cut?

After hip replacement, do you have to take antibiotics every time you have even a minor cut?

No: It's not uncommon for your surgeon to recommend antibiotics prior to dental cleanings for the first two years after a total joint. Antibiotics are not necessary after a typical cut. ...Read more

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When should hip replacement patients take antibiotics?

When should hip replacement patients take antibiotics?

dental procedures: There is controversy regarding prophylactic antibiotics following hip replacement. We used to recommend them to for life time, to prevent possible infection before dental procedures. The latest data however does not support use of prophylactic antibiotics. The latest recommendation from aaos is no prophylactic antibiotics though there is no universal agreement on this recommendation. ...Read more

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Necessary to take antibiotics before colonscopy if had a hip replacement?

Necessary to take antibiotics before colonscopy if had a hip replacement?

Yes: The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons recommends the use of antibiotics before a colonoscopy. "in order to prevent bacteremia, an appropriate dose of a prophylactic antibiotic should be given prior to the procedure so that an effective tissue concentration is present at the time of instrumentation..." http://www.Jasonlowrymd.Com/antibiotics-after-your-joint-replacement-a-must-read.Html. ...Read more

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If I have had hip replacement is it necessary to take an antibiotic if having a colonoscopy?

If I have had hip replacement is it necessary to take an antibiotic if having a colonoscopy?

Ask your ortho: There is a lot of controversy. Some say yes, some, no. First 6-12 months are higher risk. Some just give oral antibiotics the morning of the test. Ask your orthopedist and then verify with the doctor doing your colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How long would it take to have a hip replacement operation?

How long would it take to have a hip replacement operation?

A couple of hours: An uncomplicated primary (first one) hip replacement takes about 2 hours including the anesthesia, surgery, and dressing application. Three nights in the hospital is the medicare hospital stay. This number varies somewhat, but shorter surgical times don't always mean better. Be sure to pick a surgeon that does total hip replacement routinely. ...Read more

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How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

It is variable but: generally by 4 months post-op you should be comfortable sitting for that long. Don't forget that a total hip replacement is a major surgery with a major piece of hardware. ...Read more

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When after a hip replacement does it take to be pain free?

Depends: It varies from patient to patient. Some patients have very little pain after a month, while some patients have pain for many months. Most patients continue to get improvement in their outcomes, up to 1 year out from surgery. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from total hip replacement surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from total hip replacement surgery?

3 months: The arthritis pain is gone immediately, but it takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery. Three months to return to all normal activities. I tell patients that it will be a year before you reach maximal improvement. ...Read more

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How long does it take before I no longer run/bike with a limp after a hip replacement surgery?

Don't run: Depending on a number of factors including the surgical approach used, whether the leg was lengthened and differences among patients you can expect to have some limp for several months after hip replacement surgery. These replacements were not made for the impact of running and i strongly advise my patients to avoid those types of impact activities which will shorten implant life. ...Read more

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If anyone has had a hip replacement recently in a public hospital what infections did you get and how long did it take you to recover?

If anyone has had a hip replacement recently in a public hospital what infections did you get and how long did it take you to recover?

Infections: Joint replacement infections occur at an infrequent but established rate in all hospitals between 0.5% -2%. Acute infections get surgical opening and washouts and bearing changes with 6 weeks of IV antibiotics then oral antibiotics. Common bacteria is staph aureous and streptococcus. ...Read more

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If you've had a hip replacement, how long does it take to walk again?

If you've had a hip replacement, how long does it take to walk again?

One day: Almost all of our patients walk the day of surgery or the next morning with a walker or crutches. Most can walk without a cane or walker by six weeks after the surgery. ...Read more

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How long after a hip replacement does it take to be walking pain free?

How long after a hip replacement does it take to be walking pain free?

2-6 weeks: While some patients with severe disease, and/or an inflammatory component (eg. Rheumatoid arthritis), can have immediate pain relief, most patients are not requiring pain medications somewhere between 2-6 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more