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Sun, Jun 9 2:46am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Thanks for the clarification again, Lin. It's good to know all these things. I am glad I don't have screws … look painful to me! I e-mailed my Surgeon yesterday and asked for copies of my X-Rays from Monday, it was both knee and hip as he did both.
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Sat, Jun 8 5:04am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Ha, meant to say I wonder why they put screws in some ball joints … I don't have any.

Sat, Jun 8 5:00am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

So pleased you clarified that @linjane I too have had errors I could not correct. Guess we should immediately post again to clarify. Don't like the looks of the metalwork at all. I assume the top photo is of your new implant? Very neat. Is it as long as the other one? You can see the difference in length left to right. Mine is 30cm long to correct LLD and my leg looks like Swiss Cheese … must write and get copy of X-rays.
Izabel xx

Thu, Jun 6 3:23am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Gosh, things have been busy since I last visited!

@briank1958 I am sorry to hear of your journey through this. I had MRSA then E-Coli. I understand MRSA lives on the skin and my Infectious Doctor told me E-Coli lives in everyone's stomach and tends to be attracted by 'interlopers' in the body, ie, protheses. I son't know about other infections … and it seems neither to the specialists … it is one of those mysteries!

I have no personal knowledge of 1 Stage Revision but I have read they are not as successful as 2 Stage. I believe this is because the body needs time following a debridement/washout before new hardware is put back in being treated with antibiotics.

I had a THR in December 2014 and a TKR in March 2018. When my Surgeon went in to do a hip revision in October 2018 infection was discovered. He debrided, implanted a Spacer and I was on antibiotics for nearly 5 months. I was on no weight bearing as I have Osteoporosis, Through all my problems I lost over 50lbs and was down to 112lbs with muscle atrophy. I had a 5cm/2in shortness of the leg and it was difficult even with a walker. In March just past I had my 2nd Stage Revision, a larger ball and a 30cm stem installed reducing the LLD. I was house/bedbound for 18 months and am now learning to walk again, migrating from walker to elbow crutches. Yesterday I received news my blood levels are within;limits and I don't have to see my Surgeon for three months … unless I feel I need to.

The whole thing about this journey is to keep positive.

@skidly, wow you cram in a lot in a short period of time, don't you? I am not a medical expert … but 8 ops, 5 replacements and 4 spacers in 18 months is mind boggling and it would seem to me that not enough time was given in between for the infections to clear your system so they promptly attached themselves to the new hardware. Just my opinion. After my Spacer was placed I had blood tests every two weeks till I was clear (from October to February) then I had to have two clear readings before Stage 2 would be done. What country are you in? I am in Portugal.

@linjane "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." ?????

Izabel

Mon, May 13 4:11am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

@linjane My dear Lin, my thoughts are with you and am sending positive vibes for culture results and consultation. You really must stop this op nonsense … it's not good for the mental wellbeing! I will catch up later in the week when my visitor has gone home.

Myself, I am progressing well. Thankfully the foot is returning to normal and I attempt to make one new progress per day … what will that be today I wonder???? I continue to pedal 20 minutes daily. I have been out to lunch four times in 8 days which is amazing getting out in the sunshine for hours absorbing that Vitamin D but sitting in the shade. I have pottered in the garden weeding the pots and planters sitting in the wheelchair.

The strong medications/antibiotics I have been on have caused dental problems, teeth discolouration and teeth breaking off. I have an appointment next Monday with a Dental Surgeon to remove some roots … not looking forward to that. This dental clinic is part of the private hospital I was in so has all my history.

Wishing everyone well and hope you are getting some sunshine wherever you are.

Izabel xx

Sun, Apr 28 11:19am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

@linjane, I have been thinking about you … NEXT WEEK!!!! Having Internet problems (none actually for 5 days) but hubby got me able to do a few things. My thoughts are with you.. xx

@jk I have a liquid gel half inset for my shoe and it is a blessing plus I have ordered from Amazon a full inset that has liquid gel at the heel and instep. I also put a gel heel liner in. This is a pair of new loafers. The liquid gel is amazing as it moulds to your foot but hard to find.

As this new 'things that come to try my patience' started on Monday past, I will persevere and come back and let you know how things go

Thank you both … beijinhos, Izabel xx
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Sun, Apr 28 3:29am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Hi folk and @mrfish and @linjane, hope you both are well.

My hip is wonderful, never has bothered me, and the grief from my knee has eased up.

My weight restriction ended this past week … and guess what? … I have Plantar Fascilitis in my left foot. Now this is painful! I am doing all things I am supposed to rolling my foot on ice, foot and calf exercises. This hasn't given my hubby any relief. We have a visitor arriving for two weeks on the 3rd *thankfully not staying with us) so I would like to be more mobile.

Any thoughts?

Tue, Apr 9 3:23am · What kind of mobility can I expect with an antibiotic spacer in my hip in Joint Replacements

Hello @linjane and everyone else. Lin, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are now relaxed and ready to face the world!

I has my Revision on 18 March and was in hospital for 7 days, the first night in ICU for caution. All went well and Surgeon installed a custom-made prothesis with 30cm stem and larger ball. It corrected my 5cm LLD to 1cm … he sad he could not hammer it down any further for fear of causing damage. I had 'weeping blood' for 2 1/2 weeks but that has now all stopped. I still have a waterproof dressing on but that comes off today. I was on antibiotics for 8 days after discharge. My blood results on 2 April were SED 22 CRP 13 but he expected them higher following surgery. I am on 50% weight bearing. I see him in a month.

II have had NO pain in my hip but my knee is giving grief, not having been exercised since it was replaced a year ago. I have had a couple of milestones … I can stand on two feet and pull on leggings with two hands and step up and down the step I tripped on loosening my stem and causing several fractures, both of which I haven't been able to do since 13 October 2017!

So, all seems to be going well and I try to have a small accomplishment every day or two. Today is 4 weeks since my surgery.

I hope everyone else is doing well and enjoying Spring on its way.