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Sat, Aug 31 9:13am · 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

Mon, Aug 19 1:40am · 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.

Sat, Jun 8 6:43am · 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!

Fri, Jun 7 12:15pm · 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

Fri, Jun 7 10:52am · 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

Wed, Jun 5 11:26am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

My infection has returned (yet) since I've had my spacer. So far I'm in the 85%. The infections were before the 2 stage. 85% is good odds be positive Brian and good luck hopefully it will be the same for you.
Lin x

Sat, Jun 1 12:27am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Hi Briank. My name is Lin. I'm so sorry you are going through this too. I have had a staph infection on my hip replacement and underwent a 2 stage replacement. I can feel your frustration at having antibiotics only for the infection to return because the same happened to me.
My understanding of this type of infection is this can occur any time around the time of original surgery, or after dental work ie root canals or even other types of surgery. If bacteria gets in, the hardware is susceptible. Once bacteria gets onto the bio plates of the device no amount of antibiotics will cure this, only infection in the surrounding tissue will be treated. Once the antibiotics are stopped the bio plates will re-infect the bodies tissue. This is why they have to remove the prosthesis.
My surgeon wanted to do the 2 stage method with a hope he could eradicate the infection completly before he implanted the new one. I had read about the one stage but he wouldn't consider this feeling the 2 stage was gold standard.
I think mobility after is according to your surgeons preference. I was lucky I could 50% weight bear but it was a couple of months before I could climb stairs.following help from my physio.
I'm a year in (5/6/18) but now feeling very well, my blood work is good and I'm hopeful this will be the end. I hope you find the answers you want and wish you well.
Lin

Mon, May 27 10:25am · Hip Spacer is a Nightmare in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Of course I say things are slow with the NHS as there are alot of cut backs these day, but it is free so I shouldn't complain. The treatment I have had has been exemplary and I am very grateful. My work were very good they have paid me whilst I couldn't work and let me back to do a less arduous job when I wanted to come back so again I was lucky. I'm so sorry you have these worries.
The research I did beforehand said if I remember correctly that 85% of cases are successful. Most people only need one. Of course that means 15% have more surgery. I'm keeping everything crossed that I'm in the 85%. Only time will tell.
Lin x