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[KNEE INFECTION] Revision after infection questions

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by pboedeker, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. pboedeker

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    I had a touch of this rash at week 2 appt and dr suggested I use Cerave cream, but stay 1” away from incision. Not seeing much improvement.

    Wondered if I should see dermatologist?
     
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    4-1/2 months post revision and I’m experiencing some soreness in the joint. Also, I’ve developed a pretty noticeable grinding sound/sensation when I bend or straighten, at the 90° point. Is the grind a concern? Range of motion is still great and there is not new swelling noted. As a side note, my other side hip has been painful ever since I became mobile again in late December.
     
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    I had a ripping Velcro sound for over a year after my revision, it mostly went away. It still happens from time to time, mostly when getting up off the floor.
    You are only 4 months out from your revision, very early in this year long+ recovery. Soreness, aches, pains are normal.
     
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    Soreness in the joint is still normal at this point. It can take months more before the joint becomes free of soreness or stiffness, though it should become less as you go forward. We all get a few clicks, clunks, grinds, or other sounds/sensations. New movements, especially, are likely to bring them on. Most don’t stick around for very long, but a few might continue.

    Hips might act up due to the new joint causing changes in gait or leg alignment. Often the pain will go away as the body adjusts. Sometimes, though, the hip already had a problem that was “masked” by the bad knee, which hurt more and commanded attention. In those cases, after surgery the hip starts to command attention to its problem. If the problem persists, it might be time to visit your OS and find out about your hip.
     
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    I tried Extra Strength Tylenol for the past few days and it’s really helping with soreness. I know my patella is pretty thin (several surgeries have been over the years smoothing the backside) so I expect that’s the grinding I’m hearing/feeling.
     
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    It really surprised me, a lot, how well Tylenol controlled my pain in four weeks to six months stage of recovery. Before surgery, Tylenol never even touched my pain, but after surgery it did a really good job!

    You have had a lot of work done on your knee, so you're probably right about the grinding. If it's not accompanied by pain, it's not likely to be a problem. Have you asked your OS about it?
     
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    I'm almost at 11 months and although my knee is very functional ... Good ROM and able to whatever I want, I still get the Velcro ripping occasionally when I straighten after being bent for awhile. It does creep me out and I think I move in ways to avoid it. I'm hoping this doesn't cause an alignment problem or anything.
    It's so comforting to hear from others who have similar experiences and to be reassured. Sounds like you're healing quite nicely!
     
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    9 months past revision surgery, 2 months after completion of oral antibiotics. How do you quit worrying about another infection? I keep questioning every sensation in that knee.
     
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    No answer for your question everyone is different. I would imagine as time passes you will quit worrying.
    Your knee is still healing, after all you have been through, it will take awhile before the odd sensations to clear.
     
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    I worried for the first year and half probably and I was still on antibiotics. Eventually it will move further and further away from your thoughts as you become more engrossed in life.
     
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    Just take your antibodies
     
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    I don't really worry out right, but I am aware of my health more closely. I have a new primary care doctor who knows my ortho doctors at Mayo... I went to see her because I just hadn't been feeling good for a few weeks. Body & joint aches , night sweats just like when I first came down the infection. She automatically started all the testing and let my OS know when she saw the fluid around the knee and a 33 CRP. They aspirated the knee as a precaution and found no infection. I just have inflammation problems :) After catching up on my past few years she was very proactive..said I would be the one to know if my body wasn't right. I do like a doctor who believes me :)
     
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    I ended oral antibiotics in June. I’m still always dealing with the nagging worry that the infection will recur. I don’t have pain or issues with an inflamed hot knee, but I just can’t shake the constant worry. My revision was a horrible experience and I’d not want to repeat that!
     
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    It is perfectly understandable that you'd still be worrying about an infection. I'm sure most of us would.
     
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    It’s been over a year now and my left TKR is doing quite well. One question for those of you who've recovered is about the range of motion that remains. I have 130° bend and 1-2° straight, so functionally I am able to walk with no impairment.

    My issue is when I try to place my left ankle on my right knee. That bend and twist comes with some degree of discomfort and limited range of motion.

    Anyone else have this issue? If so, what therapy/exercises helped?
     
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    Seek out a someone who can analyze how you are crossing your legs now, and then coach you adapt how you move with your new knee comfortably.
    Look for key words, neuromuscular re education, movement specialist, neuroplasticity, etc.
    Can be a PT, OT, chiropractor, massage therapist, athletic trainer, etc.
     
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    I have to say that is the one movement I have problems with. I really never pushed it though..just happy with what I have :)
     
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    I can't do that either.
     
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    I can’t either and I’m fine with it.
     
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    I can cross my RTKR over my left the ladylike way easily, in fact I was doing that a month post op. Placing my RTKR over my left as if it’s laying on my left thigh is uncomfortable, but that’s uncomfortable for me with either leg.
     

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