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Posted by: Natalie | 2010/05/24

Hip Replacement - Post Op Infection

My 77 year old grandmother had her second hip replacement surgery at Albert Luthuli in Durban. A day after the surgery the x-rays showed a crack in one of the bones and a few days later she had to undergo a second operation. She came out of hospital a week after that and now a week later the area has become infected - red and oozing. She has gone back to Albert Luthuli where they have readmitted her and placed her in a room on her own. They are only giving her antibiotics - from what I can find on the internet, it seems that this is a serious complication and that more surgery is then done to make sure that the area is cleaned and free of infection - maybe even replacing the original parts that were inserted. Is only antibiotic treatment adequate for this type of post op infection in a hip replacement?

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You are correct , septic prostheses should be treated vigorously in most cases and usually by removing the prosthesis and doing a "two stage revision" procedure

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Posted by: Orthopaedic Specialist Forum | 2010/05/30

You are correct , septic prostheses should be treated vigorously in most cases and usually by removing the prosthesis and doing a "two stage revision" procedure

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