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Old 09-30-2008, 02:14 PM   #1
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Unhappy Staph infection and excessive oozing after hip replacement

My mom, who is 53 years old had a THR in mid august. After she came home within the first week and a half her home health nurse didnt like the way her wound looked, it was oozing a pinkish white, to red and it was warm to the touch. They discovered she had a staph infection, and there was also a hematoma that was filled with blood. They sent in a blood specialist since her blood was not clotting properly. She was immediatly brought back into surgery so they could clean it out, and they replaced the header and ball ? They had to take her off of the blood thinners, and since she would now be suceptible to blood clots, chose to insert an umbrella filter to stop blood clots that may form from reaching her lungs.

They also put a pick line in, and sent her home for 6 weeks IV antibiotics. She has now been on the antibiotics for 3 weeks, and her oozing has not stopped. She had a 3" hole, and was not healing from the inside out, so they have been "packing it" for a few days now to see if it will help.
Her Dr's have advised us that she is not out of the woods yet, they want to extend antibiotics to 8 weeks, and worst case scenario would be removing the hip and trying to put in a new after infection clears up, and it could be 6 months ??????? She is also having a lot of pain and stiffness in the hip itself and her thigh. Is this normal from the infection?

Has anyone else had this happen? Is there a real chance she can knock this out without having the prosthesis removed?

Also, her nurse was wondering if my mom may be allergic to the titanium prothesis?
We are all at our whits end with all this ...and dont know where to turn

scared and helpless,
Nikki

 
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