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Total knee replacement infection after 9 years.

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Jun 18 4:22pm | Replies (31)

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I am so very sorry you had to go through this. It totally took me by surprise! I thought, aside from premeds for dental procedures, we were all safe from infection, but I guess not. Do they have any idea what caused it? Scary to say the least, especially after 9 years.

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The doctors told me that it could have been as simple as inhaling germs from someone that had a bad cold around me and/or from a minor cut were bacteria entered my bloodstream. Medical procedures (surgeries, ect) can also cause it if germs enter your bloodstream. They also said that it could have taken months after the germ(s/bacteria) attached themselves to the metal parts of the replacement, for it to grow and spread to the tissue (muscle/tendon ect) within the knee, that's when the infection spreads and your body reacts.

I am now very cautious when I do any kind of work, I wear gloves, will definitely clean any kind of cut that I may get to prevent future infections (I was really bad at that), even thou being on antibiotics is suppose to help from now on.