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Sat, Apr 4 12:11am · Joint replacement and other surgeries delayed due to pandemic in Joint Replacements

I had a spacer for 5 months following a staph infection. I wasnt allowed to fully weightbear but 50%, and at that most most other people weren't allowed to do that,so.considered myself lucky. My understanding of the device is they are not very strong and could break so using crutches, walking frame is a must. I ended up with 5 lots of surgery on my hip and wouldnt wish this on anyone. Please take care and don't take chances.
Good luck with the eventual replacement. I am at present now awaiting a shoulder replacement and have many reservations about that. I can sympathise with your wait.

Nov 18, 2019 · Avascular necrosis of the humeral head in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi Justin. Thank you for replying. Because of having to use a walking frame or crutches most of last year, I put the pain in my upper arm down to that. To be fair it wasn't that bad. Over the last few weeks the pain has developed and is incredibly painful at times. The crunching and popping in my shoulder is horrible. My GP said he had never reviewed an xray like it and needed to look it up and then spoke about joint replacement.
I just cant help wondering whether there is any connection with all the conditions I have had over the past 3 years. My inflammatory markers are good. CRP marginally raised but nothing of note. I was hoping there were others that could help.

Nov 18, 2019 · Avascular necrosis of the humeral head in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi having had Haglumds deformity (Oct 2016) of my R. Foot. Followed by bilateral hip replacements. Resulting in an infected one that needed numerous surgical interventions including hip spacer. I’ve now been diagnosed with R. avascular necrosis of the humeral head with collapse. (Also L. Haglunds. An aggresive cataract with retinal vein occlusion L.eye, surgery booked 2/12/19, op number 8 since Oct 2016!) Does anyone have any helpful information. I’m am awaiting for a emergency appointment with a Shoulder Consultant.

Aug 31, 2019 · Hip Spacer is a Nightmare in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I'm so sorry to hear this, you are having a tough time. Why do you have to have a custom made prosthesis?
I think we can all really sympathise with you, the spacer really is an instrument of torture and I couldnt even begin to wonder how painful it must be to try to play a cello with it.
I'm glad your employers are being accomodating it means alot even if you only have a few hours work. I know because mine were the same. I really looked forward to those few hours that I was able to do. My thoughts are with you. I hope you get your implant soon and that you feel the relief I did once it was back in place. Hold in there it will happen I remember feeling as you did at times. Pease keep us updated.
Lots of love Lin xx

Aug 19, 2019 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Good news. Sending every good wish your way. Do you have a new hip? Are you not walking now? I was allowed 50% weight bearing for first 6 weeks. I know every consultant has their own way of doing things just wondered. Onwards and upwards from here on in work hard at the physio you will get there.

Jun 8, 2019 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

The top photo is a picture of the spacer. Everytime I have an xray I ask then if I can photograph the image. Didn't post the whole of the last xray of my entire hips as it looked a bit too pornographic. Took a lovely outline of all my soft tissue but that shows the different lengths too. Screws again i presume is down to the surgeon. My L. hip (the good one) also has screws!

Jun 7, 2019 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

I'm so sorry. I've had it easy (and that's saying something!) I have everything crossed for you in the hope that number 6 is the definitive one. Good luck.
Lin

Jun 7, 2019 · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Hi I promised an update when I saw my consultant. Unfortunatly my appt was cancelled until last Wednesday. I'm really pleased to report all is good. My CRP was only 4 ESR also low. Swabs taken at my last lot of surgery 5 weeks ago was negative so I haven't got to see him again for 3 months. At last, progress. Since the plate has been removed my walking has improved immensely, at last I can see an end to all of this. My surgeon was astounded I'd healed so well considering he has been into that hip 5 times in the last 2 years. I've posted a photo of the xray of the 2nd stage replacement last October and the broken metal work taken 5 weeks ago, the night before my surgery. You can clearly see the fracture the plate has caused. A picture will tell a story better than words sometimes.
I wanted to apologise to Brian as my last post read " My infection has returned (yet) since I've had my spacer." It should have read hasnt!!! I tried to find a way of editing it but couldn't do it! I've also posted an xray of my antibiotic cement spacer too.
Also Skidly I wanted to ask, how did that happen to your hip replacement? Are your bones made of swiss cheese? You must have been in agony. Was that last photo a Seroma? I have to say I thought it was an abscess. I really wish you well also and hope when you are sorted they will sort your leg length out too. Mine was almost 2 inches shorter but now I'm the proud owner of matching pins again. Just wished they looked like Marilyn Monroes😂.
Good luck everyone. It really is therapeutic and hopefully helpful to others to post. We've all been through too much.
Lin