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Apr 29, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

My first THR was six years ago. So this is my second THR. The Doctor Who did my surgery staudied at Mayo clinic and is foremost in the field. I have not had any bacterial infections They did take a culture on April 10 to check for anything else. It takes four weeks for that to grow out. The quick culture that they did during surgery showed no signs of fungus infection so I’m hoping it can be controlled by the Antifungal medicine before it reaches the hip. I have a top-notch infectious disease Doctor Who is really on top of this. Thanks for your input good luck

Apr 29, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Thanks for your encouragement. Yes, I had a spacer put in in November because of a fungal infection. My THR was done on April 10. recent lab work shows my CRP numbers are creeping back up so I will definitely be on the antifungal Medicine with all its nasty side effects for the foreseeable future. no weight-bearing is very difficult although I am almost three weeks post-op and can start partial weight-bearing in tgree more weeks. The pain is bad and i’m being tapered off pain pills which I know is necessary but hard. I just want my life back. This has gone on for a year and I am tired and discouraged even though the end seems to be so close. I am thankful for the support of family and friends.

Apr 25, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Hello – so good to hear from you but not about the difficulties you have been having, I've had a bout of c diff years ago so can remember how miserable that can be. Your body has been a real battleground for such a long time, I'm truly hoping that the antibiotics are successful in getting rid of every last bit of infection. And congratulations on being free from crutches, a walker and a cane. That is a real victory

I had my THR on April 10 – two weeks ago. There was no sign of infection but a culture is being grown to see if anything shows up. My Infectious Disease doc put me on the antifungal medicine Fluconozale for at least three months just to be safe. The side effects are quite uncomfortable. But I don't ever want to go through this again so will trust his direction.

I am on six weeks of non weight-bearing to allow my hip to heal. I had full mobility with the use of my walker so the restricted mobility is difficult. Back to the walker and a wheelchair. Pain from the hip replacement is more than what I expected but tolerable with pain meds, I'm headed in the right direction!

Wishing you the best!

Mar 25, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

I had no idea these infections could be so difficult to treat. I'm trying to stay optimistic about my infection being gone. I do trust my doctors and will ultimately follow their advice. I will be happy to get rid of the spacer due to pain, especially at night. You are right, Mr. Fish, that the infection cannot go untreated. I did talk to a friend this week whose husband was successful in treating and getting rid of an infection, so there is reason to be hopeful. This whole process is exhausting. I'm glad to have this forum to share the journey.

Mar 23, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Thanks for your update. I can sure understand your worry and frustration. It takes a lot of courage to keep going through all this. Wishing the best for you.

Mar 22, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Oh my – you are having a tough time getting that infection under control. Going through more surger(ies) was definitely not in the plan. I can understand the frustration, anger and tears.

My THR is scheduled for April 10. The lab work shows the the fungus infection is gone but nothing is certain until the culture is done while I'm on the operating table. My ortho doc said if there was still an infection, he would go ahead with the THR and I would take the anti-fungal medicine for the rest of my life. It is really hard on my body so I'm praying it is totally gone.

I will have had the spacer in for five months and am so ready to get it out. I find myself on an emotional roller coaster with all the waiting and worries so try to do one day at a time. I do, however, have an excellent surgeon that I trust completely.

Congratulations on starting PT and getting back to work. I pray that your healing continues. Thanks for keeping us up to date and let us know how you are doing.

Feb 24, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

What great news about your operation and recovery, except for the issue with pain meds. I have been fortunate that I haven't had to deal with as much pain because there are very few pain meds I can take.

Starting Monday I am on a two week holiday from taking the dreaded anti-fungal medicine. My labs are good enough for my ortho doc, but the infectious disease doc wanted me to take them for a few more days. I will have lab work done on March 12 If the infection is gone, surgery for a THR will be scheduled probably in April. The spacer will have been in fI've months I am hopeful and more than ready to get my life back . This started in May 2017

So best wishes to you, Mr Fish thanks for everyone's support and encouragement this can be a lonely road without support.

I will check back in when I have a surgery date. Keep us posted on how you are doing I'm very happy for you!

Feb 12, 2018 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Froggy1 – you are an inspiration to have gone through so much and still have a sense of humor. Sounds like you have accepted your condition and are coping quite well under the circumstances. You are very brave! Wishing you the best!