THR: leakage from a wound still 2 years later
had a THI that shattered femer, three more operations resulting in longer spike,almost to knee,over next 3 months. Now two years later still haveing bloody discharge from wound, taking 1500 mg of cipro. cant seem to get a good answer as to getting better or not. Have been told there is no hope of another attempt for operation because femure is to thin. any suggestions?
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Hi @spot, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Does THI refer to Total Hip Replacement?
yes, total hip replacement, twice with two surgeries inbetewen all I hear is ,,well too bad,, we cant do anything else good luck,, go away.
Not looking to blame anyone,, I just want to get better
Hi @spot, I can certainly understand just wanting to get better. There is an older post by @50surgeries who was having unbearable pain from a six year old hip replacement where the surgeon was hesitant to fix it with another hip replacement due to the possibility of infection. Here is her post – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-visit-one-week-away-feeling-optimistic-but-scared/
I found the following article which may provide some helpful information
– Wound Oozing After Total Hip Arthroplasty: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1964560/
Have you considered getting a second opinion from a major teaching hospital or the Mayo Clinic? If you would like get a second opinion from Mayo Clinic, you can find the contact information for the Minnesota, Arizona and Florida campuses here http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.
thanks for the links. my pain is not too bad. its the bloody leakage from the incision and the piece of wire that is attached to somethingand sticking out of the incision tthats awfull. had sverel docs look at it after I refused to see the one that did it as he said there was nothing he could do anymore but cut my leg off and he refused to even look at the weeping wound, the problem with a second opinion is that docs refusue to help after another doc messed it up. docs seem to say, I am perfect and incapable of a mistake, threrfore any problem is your fault,, you did something wrong. I know I sound like a whiner but I have the xrays to prove my point, and again I don't care what happened, I just want to stop bleeding, I can handle the new hip, it seems to working fine
Have you thought about contacting the hospital where the surgery was done and seeing if they have a patient advocate you can talk with to get a resolution and get the wound care you need? There's also a Patient Advocate Foundation (https://www.patientadvocate.org/) that might be able to help.
thanks for the links. I will try the advocate link. don't know how long its been since you needed a doc, but I think you might not know that after you get messed up by one doc, no other doc will touch you with a ten foot pole. I have been to three other hospitals with this wound, and a wound center. The answer is always the same. I cant help you and I won't even look at it I was hopeing to find someone that had a similar problem and found out how to get it resolved. I have gone through over 5 thousand 2×4 bandaids Thanks again for your interest and your suggestions