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Taking Antibiotics After 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had hip replacement 2 mos ago got infected another surgery had IV 6 weeks off now on antibiotic 2 mos been having a lot of pain I did not have befor?
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
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.
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
2-3 days: Some stay longer in rehab.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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