Knee Infection* Third Knee coming up

Many Knees

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I have had seven (7) knee surgeries in the last 10 years. (3) Three Strep infections in the Knee replacement has been the main cause. Antibiotic cement spacers, PCCLines, and antibiotic infusions followed. After all this my spirits remain high. I'll have the third knee after September 2020. I'm told by the Infectious Disease Dept. "Although blood tests have normalized, we think we have it this time." My question, Has anyone been given alternatives if this infection cannot be defeated?
 

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@Many Knees :welome:to BoneSmart I will forward this to one of the senior advisors
Meanwhile can you give us the dates of your previous operations and which knee so that we can create a signature for you.
 

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Hi, @Many Knees and welcome to BoneSmart. I'm sorry to hear you've had a recurring infection and now face another revision. But it's great to hear that your spirits are high going into this next surgery. The process you've now been through with a 2-stage revision (antibiotic spacer and heavy duty antibiotics) usually does the trick. Some surgeons don't like to go directly to that type of revision unless absolutely necessary, and I'm assuming that is what you've been through. I would guess you've had some "washouts" along with one or more courses of antibiotics and they've not done the job.

It's a very positive sign that your blood tests are normal. And the fact that you've been under the care of an infection specialist is another real plus. I've not seen any BoneSmarties in my 15 years on this forum who've had to resort to any more extreme measures than a 2-stage revision because of infection. The only alternatives to revising the knee implant are to fuse the joint or amputate. You are not at that stage and I seriously doubt you ever will be. Instead of thinking about those options, please focus on getting that second stage of your revision done and healing.

We're here for you if you have any specific questions or concerns.
 

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@Many Knees
With your good attitude and good blood tests, anticipate a good result.
I agree with what Jamie has said, should you need alternatives.

Sending you all positive thoughts for September!

Keep us posted on how you are doing.
 

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Hello @Many Knees - and :welome:
I'm sorry you've had so many problems with your knees, but I'm glad to read that your latest test showed you are infection-free. That sounds really good for the future.

I know it's hard to remember dates, but if you can, please will you tell us the full dates of all your knee surgeries and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? That way, we'll be able to look at a summary and advise you appropriately.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:
 

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