Abscess MRSA after hip replacement

Posted by Leonard @jakedduck1, Sep 16 10:51pm

My cousin had hip replacement and got an abscess and now has MRSA.
He's having surgery to remove the replacement as I write this. They are going to cement in a cadaver bone loaded with antibiotics.
I was wondering if anybody had been through this and how your recovery went.
He was walking great prior to this.
Thank you for any advice you may be able to give.
Jake

Hi jake, fingers crossed your cousins procedure goes well. My husband is currently without a hip following an infection in his hip. He has also had the spacer device fitted in the hip area, which I assume is the device you mention which contains antibiotics. This is usually left in for a few months to allow the antibiotics to be released into his body. He will be able to walk with the spacer device, albeit a bit slow but with time and patience he’ll learn how to adjust with it. Hopefully after this time, they’ll remove it and put in a new hip joint. Good luck to your cousin.

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@acolquhoun

Hi jake, fingers crossed your cousins procedure goes well. My husband is currently without a hip following an infection in his hip. He has also had the spacer device fitted in the hip area, which I assume is the device you mention which contains antibiotics. This is usually left in for a few months to allow the antibiotics to be released into his body. He will be able to walk with the spacer device, albeit a bit slow but with time and patience he’ll learn how to adjust with it. Hopefully after this time, they’ll remove it and put in a new hip joint. Good luck to your cousin.

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@acolquhoun
Thank you for the information. It puts my mind at ease. Sounds like this is going to be a long drawn out process. i knew better than to let the procedure be done in the small town where he lives. Although I suppose this could happen anywhere.
Thank you,
Jake

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Just received a call and my cousin isn't doing well after the hip removal surgery. He’s being moved to intensive care. He is having breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeat, losing blood and currently unconscious.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

Just received a call and my cousin isn't doing well after the hip removal surgery. He’s being moved to intensive care. He is having breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeat, losing blood and currently unconscious.
Jake

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So sorry to hear the news about your cousin Jake. Praying that somehow he will be stabilized and start recovery.

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@jakedduck1

Just received a call and my cousin isn't doing well after the hip removal surgery. He’s being moved to intensive care. He is having breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeat, losing blood and currently unconscious.
Jake

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So sad to hear Jake. It is always difficult when someone close is suffering.

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@johnbishop

So sorry to hear the news about your cousin Jake. Praying that somehow he will be stabilized and start recovery.

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@johnbishop
@sueinmn
Thanks you guys.
Jake

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My cousin passed away 9pm Wednesday. I’m so grateful that he rallied long enough that I was able to talk to him yesterday.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

My cousin passed away 9pm Wednesday. I’m so grateful that he rallied long enough that I was able to talk to him yesterday.
Jake

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So sorry for your loss Jake. Hoping you have many good memories to help ease the pain.

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@jakedduck1

@acolquhoun
Thank you for the information. It puts my mind at ease. Sounds like this is going to be a long drawn out process. i knew better than to let the procedure be done in the small town where he lives. Although I suppose this could happen anywhere.
Thank you,
Jake

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Hi Jake- I have gone thru this 2 times. 2 times they removed the HW, put a PIC in for 6 weeks and put the implant back in and both were successful. The hardest part was stabilizing on the antibiotics – which are wicked sometimes. Both my infections were at large, well known hospitals in CA and NY so you are right…it can happen anywhere. It's a long process and sometimes he will feel sad, I had a calendar printed out and marked off each antibiotic treatment to the end. That helped me have something to keep me going. I wish him patience and luck and I am sure when the HW is returned, after a little while, he'll be back on his way.

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@jakedduck1

My cousin passed away 9pm Wednesday. I’m so grateful that he rallied long enough that I was able to talk to him yesterday.
Jake

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Oh, I am sorry you lost your cousin – they are such a special connection to our past. I am happy you had the opportunity to speak with him.
Sue

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@jakedduck1

My cousin passed away 9pm Wednesday. I’m so grateful that he rallied long enough that I was able to talk to him yesterday.
Jake

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Aw Jake, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your cousin. It sounds like you two were pretty close so it was really special that you were able to have a conversation with him. If your relationship was anything like my cousins and mine, you’ll have a lot of wonderful memories and stories to share. Hug

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@jakedduck1

My cousin passed away 9pm Wednesday. I’m so grateful that he rallied long enough that I was able to talk to him yesterday.
Jake

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I’m so very sorry.

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