How did the girdlestone go? Are you "well" or at least able to work? My last hip replacement, 2004, got infected (strep) I think from a root canal. We did the two step thing - take out the prosthesis, blast the body with antibiotics, then put in a new hip. It's supposedly 85-90% sucessful. Well, I'm in the 10-15 group. The strep is still there and we're keeping it 'stable' with penicillin (for the rest of my life). But, as I continue to feel worse, I'm worried the drug isn't working. Back to Mayo Clinic in two weeks for check up.
A few years ago, an MD at Cleveland Clinic told me I might need a Girdlestone - I had no clue, nor did he. Then he proceeded to tell me how great he was at perfecting the procedure.
You're right about the boards (and my own research), when you read about it, it's not a good feeling.
I'd appreciat hearing your story. lomar