Dental appointments after total hip replacement
Maybe everyone knows this already, but here goes for those who don't!
After total hip replacements, an anti biotic is required for dental appointments, at least for the next few years, is my understanding.
I got the prescription from my primary care physician and this anti biotic is to be taken one hour before the dental appointment, and this means for routine cleaning and exam in addition to any repair work. During cleaning, the gums can be nicked, and bacteria from them may enter the bloodstream. My brother in law has a pacemaker, and he has to take an anti biotic before dental appointments. I had to take four pills before the appointment and none after that. Just those four pills and no course of anti biotics that one usually expects.
The hygienist said that they sometimes have to send patients back home because they did not know they had to take an anti biotic. This of course makes the patients angry!
I brought the anti biotic capsule container along to show to the hygienist and she was happy that I did this. There are two refills for me.
I looked through the materials the hospital sent before the hip replacement surgery and I didn't see any mention of this in there.