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Are bacterial infections common during elbow replacement surgery?

No, but does happen. Infections are a known complication of joint replacement and despite our better efforts, they still occur. Most patients are given antibiotics prior to surgery and the skin is prepped with bacterial killing solution. After surgery the wounds are covered to prevent contamination. An infection requires IV antibiotics and surgical washout. Sometimes the joint has to be removed to clear the infection. Read more...
No. Infections in total elbow arthroplasties exist. They occur about 3% of the time which is low but higher than other joint replacements. Read more...

Why would a full elbow replacement be leaking?

Infection. No joint should leak, after it heals from surgery. Persistent leakage or new leakage from any joint replacement should always be treated as an infection, until proved otherwise. Go see your surgeon asap! an infected joint replacement is a very difficult problem to treat and can lead to an amputation, if not properly treated. Read more...

Why would a full elbow replacement be leaking fluid?

Need infection eval. Total joint replacement implants should not normally "leak" once initial lund healing occurs (just days after surgery). You need o see your surgeon to be evaluated for infection. Read more...

What would cause a full elbow replacement to constantly be leaking fluid?

Infection. If an elbow replacement is leaking fluid through a hole in the skin you most likely have an infection. This is very serious and requires urgent surgery including possibly removing the prosthesis to cure the infection. Read more...

Should I be concerned if my mums doctors are considering an elbow replacement after a serious crush injury advantages and disadvatages?

It is an option. . Elbow replacement is sometimes an option after severe fracture of the elbow joint. In some patients it is better to replace the joint that try to reconstruct the smashed or arthritic fragments. It is a big procedure, but it is often the only option to result in pain free movement. It is used mostly in elderly patients who don't do much heavy lifting, sport etc. Good luck! Read more...