. First, I am SO sorry to read all that you have been through! You have really had a rough time. It sounds like you are a very active person, & a fighter. I’m convinced that makes a difference in this situation.
My TKR was nearly 1 year ago. I was doing well recovering, but at around 5 weeks on, I developed an infection in my incision. Long story short, I spent 6 days in the hospital, & had a second surgery with a general anesthetic this time. My Dr cleaned out everything thoroughly, and, replaced the liner in my new knee, the infection had not spread to the bone. I was fortunate, as this was in the middle of a surge of the latest Covid outbreak, and bad in the Denver area, where we live. But even with that, I received excellent care. To this day, I don’t know how the nurses took such good care of everyone there. I’m wondering, did they replace your liner at any time? My Dr said he didn’t want to take a chance of any infection remaining there, possibly spreading. This was last November, & so far, I’m doing well. I’m an active 77 year old female ( as my grandson would say…” Nearly 78, Grandma!). I was on 6 weeks of IV antibiotics, then 3 months of oral ones. We had a strict regime of 3 infusions daily, the first one at 6 am. My husband & I walk weekdays for a little over a mile, & are working hard to be sure we get enough sleep at night, and eat well. My nurses in the hospital stressed lots of protein for healing. During the IV antibiotics, my appetite vanished, but did return. I still try to focus on the healthy eating, rest, & exercise. My balance is wonky these days, so I’m working on quad strength, which my Dr said helps with that. I have learned to take my time, & try to avoid stumbling. ( I tend to be a bit of a klutz, anyway).
I’m so glad you found Bonesmart! There is so much help here, so many people with wonderful advice. My Dr & his staff are wonderful, and they have an excellent helpline source where I can call at any time & ask questions. But there is really something valuable about being able to talk to folks who have also had this surgery. I have learned so much! I was pretty naive going into this. My knee was badly bone-on-bone, & I was ready, to be sure. But it sure helped to have this site, & the help & encouragement that I found here. And just personal experiences, & tips from others. I do hope & pray that you will find resolution soon. I’ve been off for a while…. Our summer has been very busy, we had a large garden, canning & freezing ( which I Love to do!), a family visit & drive to Texas (long overdue!), and, we had the privilege of having our 7 year old grandson with us 2 days & nights most weeks while his folks both worked from home. He’s a delight, lots of fun, but, boy, did we get tired! But we loved it. Things are slowing down a bit now, so I’m trying to get on at least every few days. I’ll be watching for your posts, & hoping to see some good news for you. I hope today is a good day for you.