allergic reaction to bone cement

Posted by denver @denver, Apr 1, 2019

After 1 1/2 years of pain, swelling getting worse, I was tested for allergies. I will have to have another TKR custom without the bone cement. I am devastated at no one checking for allergies as I have numerous strange food allergies. I am told I may have to wait up to 10 mos for the revision as the FDA only approves a small number of these revisions per surgeons annually. This is because it's not a money maker for the hospitals, so it's limited. Another disappointment as now the hardware is coming loose from the bones and is unstable/more painful. Please pass on my bad experience so others don't suffer. Surgeons should be asking about allergies in this era of more and more people allergic to foods/environmental substances.

Hi @denver – Welcome to Connect! I am so sorry to hear about your allergy to bone cement and all you have had to go through as a result. It sounds as if the allergic reaction causes a loosening of the joint. Obviously it is painful. This is just tragic. Can you walk w/o a walker or cane for support? I'm going to tag a few people who have had experience with allergies related to joint replacements. One of them may be able to share more insights than I can @melcpa86, @gutthookd and @JustinMcClanahan.

Also, here is a discussion that may interest you:
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/need-tkr-and-had-positive-allergy-testing-bone-cement-and-metals/
I'm wishing you the best. Please keep us posted.

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Thanks for posting this, I would like to connect with anyone going through this. I am still working part time, wearing a brace to help with the loose hardware. It does hurt, I take Tylenol or ibuprofen. I have read 1:5 are not happy with their TKR, but I am an outlier with these allergies.

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@denver

Thanks for posting this, I would like to connect with anyone going through this. I am still working part time, wearing a brace to help with the loose hardware. It does hurt, I take Tylenol or ibuprofen. I have read 1:5 are not happy with their TKR, but I am an outlier with these allergies.

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@denver I have actually heard that 30% are not happy with their TKR. Had I known that before my TKRs I may not have had them. Actually the first was very necessary. I was limping very badly and in pain 24/7. I worked on the supporting muscles before my second TKR though and I could have managed without it but I knew I would need one eventually so I went ahead and had it done, and I am one of the large percentage who are very happy with their TKRs, more my second one than my first.
JK

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