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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. Chad Levitt
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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

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