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Total knee replacement infection after 9 years.

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Sep 15 10:11am | Replies (48)

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Gosh. So sorry to hear – must be so very disappointing and painful. I wish you success with the new procedures.
Question: in your opinion, did you have a good surgeon? a good hospital? I have had 2 TKRs 2015 and 2018 and so far all is well and I play racquet sport so far with no real trouble. One surgeon said take antibiotics for LIFE the other said just 2 years. I plan to be a LIFEer. And I always seem to have a lot of dental procedures. Do you think age contributes to your situation? I am 78. In general, I dislike basing things on age, but it is an important factor. Not only is there age bias in the general population, but I also wonder if Doctors are affected by it?

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I have a great doctor and great hospital as far as I can tell and as far as reputation goes. The one issue that I had was that both of my original hip replacements were metal on metal which eventually deteriorated. The revision surgeries were relatively easy comparatively. This infection came from nowhere that I can tell, however, the original hip issues may have come from my workout schedule when I was younger. I was a Stairmaster fanatic and a competitive racquetball player. Football in high school. I play golf weekly or more if possible. I do not think age is a factor. This infection showed it's face right after a march in Washington DC where I was pulling people hanging on to my jacket to get through the large crowds. I may have twisted or pulled a muscle or strained something that may have been a vulnerable part of my implant.

From my experience, it’s not ageism by the medical community per se. When I received my right TKR in 2015, I was 55, and only because my natural knee joint was experiencing RA erosion. I had my left TKR scheduled for late March 2020, then the COVID lockdowns hit, and I have now chosen to forego my left TKR as long as possible. I have 2 autoimmune diseases and take medications that also suppress my immune system, so my surgeon says to take antibiotics for life. I mountain bike on advanced, single track trails. I can’t imagine playing racquet sports ever again, but then my RA affects my knees, hands, arms, shoulders, spine.