MRSA? Anyone ever fight it in a hip?

MRSA? Anyone ever fight it in a hip?

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Since: Sep 07

United States

#1 Feb 1, 2011
I did a revision on 11 Jan 11, a week into recovery, I was fighting fever, swelling and much pain. After a bloody discharge, and return to the hospital for a couple of IND wound cleanings......the decision has been made to remove my hardware, install a cement block and treat with antibiotics for Six weeks......anyone else ever fight this monster?
Chance

Blanchard, OK

#2 Mar 22, 2011
HY husband had a stryker hp. in 3/06. Three weeks later he was put in the hospital wi infection and high fever and then back to the dr. thatdid the surgery. He open the wound and cleaned it out but never told us what was wrong. In 2007 we had to have i cleaned out 2 more times the infection still was not named We had a open wound from 9/2007 until 23/2009/ We went to another dr and he did surgery on the wound 4 times until we decied to have the joint removed. We had it removed 11/2009 knowing that we would be in a wheel chair for 3 month. The day after surgery he had a stroke. ans another stroke when we had it put back in.He is only 66 and was did what he wanted to
Chance

Blanchard, OK

#3 Mar 22, 2011
I asked for the joint when it was took out. The dr. told me that it had bactera on it when it cam from the factory. I have talk to some lawyer but know on will take the case . I hope you are improving.
DAISY

Sylacauga, AL

#4 Mar 31, 2011
MY ADVICE...Several yrs ago I had a hip replacement where the Dr made 2 mistakes...he broke the femur during surgery and due to that mistake he put a stainless steel cable around the break so it would heal....but that was his 2nd mistake as I am HIGHLY allergic to Stainless Steel. Well I had continual pain after the implant though the surgeon had no idea why. After being sent to Dr to Dr with no answers on why I hurt, I was sent to a revision specialist who said he would start with the removal of the stainless steel to see if the pain would get better. The removal went fine but within the week I had a softball size swelling at my hip, fever, pain, etc so back in the hospital I went.....7 times throughout the next 7 mths which includes months and months of PIC Lines, fat embolisms let loose during 1 surgery which has caused my very declined brain function etc!!! The Dr tried the cement hip filled with antibiotics, tried partial revision, several IND's, etc etc. BECAUSE the Dr said....when he opened me up the 1st time to remove the stainless steel cable there was an infection present.
Knowing what I know now (AND I WILL BE TAKING MY OWN ADVICE HERE BECAUSE I HAVE A FAULTY DEPUY HIP THAT NEEDS TO COME OUT ASAP)....MY ADVICE for you and for anybody else that has an infection of any kind is....have the complete implant taken out...COMPLETELY!!! Once it is taken out it gives your body the chance to get rid of the infection...without the implant... because once the infection is there.... it's there and it infects the ENTIRE implant, it infects surrounding tissue....everything! Once the implant was out, my body had a chance to heal and 5 weeks later I was given a new hip and the healing process finally took hold. Yell if you have any questions/concerns but getting the implant out is your best option if you haven't done so yet...i see your post was Feb 2011...let me know how you are if you don't mind please.
jaron

Harrisburg, PA

#5 Apr 29, 2011
Chance wrote:
I asked for the joint when it was took out. The dr. told me that it had bactera on it when it cam from the factory. I have talk to some lawyer but know on will take the case . I hope you are improving.
The doctor said the mrsa came from the factory? how long was the replacement in you before you contracted the mersa?
Loretta

AOL

#6 May 14, 2011
Yes. The doctors at Kingwood Hospital discovered the MRSA in my left hip where I was having left hip replacement surgery.

At first the doctors told me that I brought it with me from home, but there were at least two other persons in my same hallway of the hospital that had MRSA.

They treated me with tons of antibiotics and several blood transfusions and finally the MRSA began to heal. Thank God.

I pray you had some great luck getting rid of your MRSA.
Paris57

Munford, TN

#7 Aug 9, 2011
Chance wrote:
HY husband had a stryker hp. in 3/06. Three weeks later he was put in the hospital wi infection and high fever and then back to the dr. thatdid the surgery. He open the wound and cleaned it out but never told us what was wrong. In 2007 we had to have i cleaned out 2 more times the infection still was not named We had a open wound from 9/2007 until 23/2009/ We went to another dr and he did surgery on the wound 4 times until we decied to have the joint removed. We had it removed 11/2009 knowing that we would be in a wheel chair for 3 month. The day after surgery he had a stroke. ans another stroke when we had it put back in.He is only 66 and was did what he wanted to
2008 I also had HP(non glued) put in+titanium in upper leg which was completely shattered. I suffered alot of pain, but was fortunate enough to have home treatment. I did my excercises religously, and was told I healed better than anyone he had ever seen. However, I still suffer pain,2011, & I am at the point that it feels like my leg is going to snap off. I have back pains in lower area, most of it around the kidney above my hip replacement. I was told I should have it looked at, it may need to be replaced again! No way, I would rather die first. After all I have read there is still no 100% cure. Until they figure out how to make it grow back; I am the last one on that table. The pain may keep me from working & sometimes walking, I just can't see me there again.
Joan Davidson

San Jose, CA

#8 Sep 8, 2011
MRSA is a kind of bacteria. And as far as I know, I havenít heard about its connection to the hips. On the other hand, also hip related, you might want to read something here http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/recall
Heather

High Point, NC

#10 Feb 2, 2013
My story is a bit different from the others on here. in Aug 2009, I layed on a heating pad from slight pain in my hip. I had worked all day on my feet. Within a half hour the pain was excruciating and I stood up to fall in the floor. Was rushed to hospital to find out after extensive test due to no injury and excruciating pain...diagnosis was infection of the hip joint a large mass of infection..I was in surgery for five hours...hosp 1 week, 1 month later 2nd surgery for abscesses with no improvement...also my diagnosis of infection was MRSA...was put on IV antiobiotics for I administered from home and multiple pain meds. On October was rushed to hospital again after odd behavior, and had a fever of 107 with multiple other symptoms. I almost died..I was septic, the MRSA had went to my bloodstream. I was in the hospital 3 weeks. I was told I would never walk the same way again. I walk fairly well now...but never not live in pain. I was told I would have to have a hip joint replacement by thhe time I was 40. I will be 37 and my pain is increasing. I have never seen a case like this. Please help
Rachel

Garner, NC

#11 Jul 2, 2013
I am in a big mess. I had a total hip replacement a little over a year ago. I was then treated for an infection while still in the hospital...went through the process of pic lines and antibiotics and was told that everything was ok. About two months ago I realized that I had a huge mass in my hip which I assumed Washington scar tissue. Then a blister like sore on top of it. I went to the er and they admitted me. Since then I was referred to a joint specialist which told me that I would need to have my leg amputated.which I'm nit ok with. I'm only 35... another option is to have the hardware removed and antibiotic spacer placed with hopes that the infection will go away so they then can put in a new hip. He said this isn't overly successful. Or I could just live with it...deal with the sores and be in antibiotics for the rest of my life with any decision. But with the latter decision I take a chance of getting cancer from the sores. I have no idea what to do. I'm married have three children whom have been through so much because if all these injuries that I have due to a car accident that happened 5 years ago when a young girl hit me and my husband head on at 55MPH ...I've been fighting for 5 years to keep my legs, walk and lead a happy and semi painfree life. I am scare to do the removal of hardware because they told me that if I did that and the infection didn't go away I wouldn't ever walk on my leg again....don't wannn just let it be and cause more major problems in the tissue/bone/joint later in life which would result in not walking know my leg. Oh wish I knew the right decision. Wanting to know anyone else success with removal of hardware is worth the chance any opinions or medical opionions are appreciated.thanks
glory4ou

Bakersfield, CA

#12 Dec 10, 2015
A year and a half ago my daughter suffered mersa several strokes ended up having her foot left foot amputated ,a heart Mitro valve replacement with a pig valve. A year and a half later she still fighting Marissa In her hip joint, they removed all the cartlidge now they want to remove the ball joint and leave her as an invalid all her life. She has been on Vanco myosin for a year and a half. I want her to get a second opinion before her ball joint is removed. I suggested she get a second opinion before her ball joint is removed. I don't think she needs to be an invalid her whole life sthat she's only 39 years old. and with three kids to raise. Any suggestions out there we need help.
8frustratedandsc ared8148

Clever, MO

#13 Jun 19, 2016
BAArcher wrote:
I did a revision on 11 Jan 11, a week into recovery, I was fighting fever, swelling and much pain. After a bloody discharge, and return to the hospital for a couple of IND wound cleanings......the decision has been made to remove my hardware, install a cement block and treat with antibiotics for Six weeks......anyone else ever fight this monster?
Yes, for over a year now. Trying to decide to try again or live with no left hip. Any
one have experience with this?
awill2689

Kansas City, KS

#14 Aug 7, 2016
Heather wrote:
My story is a bit different from the others on here. in Aug 2009, I layed on a heating pad from slight pain in my hip. I had worked all day on my feet. Within a half hour the pain was excruciating and I stood up to fall in the floor. Was rushed to hospital to find out after extensive test due to no injury and excruciating pain...diagnosis was infection of the hip joint a large mass of infection..I was in surgery for five hours...hosp 1 week, 1 month later 2nd surgery for abscesses with no improvement...also my diagnosis of infection was MRSA...was put on IV antiobiotics for I administered from home and multiple pain meds. On October was rushed to hospital again after odd behavior, and had a fever of 107 with multiple other symptoms. I almost died..I was septic, the MRSA had went to my bloodstream. I was in the hospital 3 weeks. I was told I would never walk the same way again. I walk fairly well now...but never not live in pain. I was told I would have to have a hip joint replacement by thhe time I was 40. I will be 37 and my pain is increasing. I have never seen a case like this. Please help
I am currently in the hospital from this exact case. Got off work that not af 12:30 i had crazy pain in my left hip 5:30 i went to the hospital. I to ran the temp.went septic and almost died. I guess me and you have a strange case of this because ive searched the jnternet to try and find someone with related circumstances to ask a couple questions. One of which you already answered the pain it never goes away huh? As you know its so bad and that really sucks to hear but like they say thd truth hurts. I had 6 different surgeries done on my hip to get the mrsa out it just kept coming back my next question is do you know how and if we are more likely to go through this again. Next has your pain regement pain medicine whatever you want to call if has it gone down likr the miligrams mines going up cause my pain just wont stop so i guess im asking are you taking the same amount of pain meds as you were in the hoapital? sorry to hear about the hip sergurgy i hope you dont have to have it i cant answer your question about it because im behind you in this evil process ive been in the hospital 2weeks n 1 month i have one week left.
awill2689

Kansas City, KS

#15 Aug 7, 2016
currently fighting this infection. I need to know does the pain go away or decrease at all. will my walking get any better with alot of stretching pratice walking and physical therapy? what pain meds should i be on or better yet what pain meds was someone else on one week before you left the hospital?
paris57

Millington, TN

#16 Aug 7, 2016
awill2689 wrote:
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I am currently in the hospital from this exact case. Got off work that not af 12:30 i had crazy pain in my left hip 5:30 i went to the hospital. I to ran the temp.went septic and almost died. I guess me and you have a strange case of this because ive searched the jnternet to try and find someone with related circumstances to ask a couple questions. One of which you already answered the pain it never goes away huh? As you know its so bad and that really sucks to hear but like they say thd truth hurts. I had 6 different surgeries done on my hip to get the mrsa out it just kept coming back my next question is do you know how and if we are more likely to go through this again. Next has your pain regement pain medicine whatever you want to call if has it gone down likr the miligrams mines going up cause my pain just wont stop so i guess im asking are you taking the same amount of pain meds as you were in the hoapital? sorry to hear about the hip sergurgy i hope you dont have to have it i cant answer your question about it because im behind you in this evil process ive been in the hospital 2weeks n 1 month i have one week left.
I would suggest to all of you that your infections came from the hospital staff, nurses and such and not the replacement itself. That the hospital is covering their own buttocks!
I had a minor surgical procedure in a Memphis TN, Germantown surgical center through Methodist Hospitals around six years ago. Everything seemed fine and I went home and straight to bed. The hospital sent out a nurse to my home to check on my back and discovered that I had a staff infection. I had to give myself injections of antibiotics, in my stomach for six weeks. I would suggest that the reason it's called"Staff infection", is just that. The staff brought it in.
They know exactly who these carriers are and they still allow them to practice their crafts.
Start with doing research on who was present during your procedures and if necessary hire your own investigator for it.

They have to keep records of everyone who was around you during your care. Once you have your ammunition; then hire your attorney!
You have to do the leg work nowadays!
As for my meds, I was taking hydricodone, 5/500 for pain, but I realized that the pain meds were actually making my symptoms worse!
I might have to take half a tablet three days a week during stormy weather but most of it, I use mind over matter, basically self hypnosis!
Mrimmer

Portland, OR

#17 Oct 2, 2016
Heather wrote:
My story is a bit different from the others on here. in Aug 2009, I layed on a heating pad from slight pain in my hip. I had worked all day on my feet. Within a half hour the pain was excruciating and I stood up to fall in the floor. Was rushed to hospital to find out after extensive test due to no injury and excruciating pain...diagnosis was infection of the hip joint a large mass of infection..I was in surgery for five hours...hosp 1 week, 1 month later 2nd surgery for abscesses with no improvement...also my diagnosis of infection was MRSA...was put on IV antiobiotics for I administered from home and multiple pain meds. On October was rushed to hospital again after odd behavior, and had a fever of 107 with multiple other symptoms. I almost died..I was septic, the MRSA had went to my bloodstream. I was in the hospital 3 weeks. I was told I would never walk the same way again. I walk fairly well now...but never not live in pain. I was told I would have to have a hip joint replacement by thhe time I was 40. I will be 37 and my pain is increasing. I have never seen a case like this. Please help
My husband had a similar situation. He woke up with a tender his and thought he had just slept wrong. By theme of the day he was in so much pain that he couldn't bare weight and was going out of his . After multiple trips to the local hospital (one of which was by ambulance because he had gotten so bad) not once did they do any blood work... Not even a simple cbc! Instead they pumped him full of steroid injections and treated him like a low life drug seeker!

After two weeks of this he was literally going out of his mind with pain, not able to eat, sleep or even use the restroom without assistance. I called an ambulance once again and insisted they take him to another hospital. Long story short, after multiple blood tests, two MRI's and assistance from the Infectious Disease specialists at OHSU he was admitted until the cultures came back. He was told that it was MRSA and because of the delay in receiving treatment it was now septic (in his blood and bone marrow) and he was in complete renal failure and was within 24 hours of losing his life when he arrived! Two surgeries on his hip, three dialysis treatment, multiple antibiotics, 40 lbs of weight loss, two weeks in the hospital and 45 days of 1.5 hour round trip drives for daily intravenous antibiotic treatments... He is now left with massive pain, depression and I believe PTSD from it.

Yes, his life was saved by those amazing doctors at the SECOND hospital for which I'm forever greatful for. But the fact is... IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER GOT THAT FAR! The first hospital failed him repeatedly and almost cost him his life!

I guess I write this for two reasons...

1. To let you know that there ARE others that have had a similar situation.

2. I hope that maybe it will reach someone that is going through it now and may be able to get help before they end up with the same outcome... Or worse.

I wish you the best and hope that you will be pain free one day.
Sara W18185241-

Tyler, TX

#18 Aug 13, 2017
BAArcher wrote:
I did a revision on 11 Jan 11, a week into recovery, I was fighting fever, swelling and much pain. After a bloody discharge, and return to the hospital for a couple of IND wound cleanings......the decision has been made to remove my hardware, install a cement block and treat with antibiotics for Six weeks......anyone else ever fight this monster?
I had a hip replacement in 2013, and developed an infection 6 days later. Had the hip removed, spent 8 weeks in the specialty hospital trying to get rid of the infection. I had to have 4 pts. of blood, and my daughter was called in from San Diego, Ca because they didn't think I would make it. Guess what!!!!!! I started having pain in my hip (same one operated on), and went to my doctor to find out the plastic lining that goes between the cup and the ball is gone......Now it's medal on medal, which is very dangerous. The last dr. I saw said he wouldn't touch it. Now I'm going back to the last dr. who did the final surgery.
Demitrie Palm

Lilburn, GA

#19 Sep 19, 2017
DAISY wrote:
MY ADVICE...Several yrs ago I had a hip replacement where the Dr made 2 mistakes...he broke the femur during surgery and due to that mistake he put a stainless steel cable around the break so it would heal....but that was his 2nd mistake as I am HIGHLY allergic to Stainless Steel. Well I had continual pain after the implant though the surgeon had no idea why. After being sent to Dr to Dr with no answers on why I hurt, I was sent to a revision specialist who said he would start with the removal of the stainless steel to see if the pain would get better. The removal went fine but within the week I had a softball size swelling at my hip, fever, pain, etc so back in the hospital I went.....7 times throughout the next 7 mths which includes months and months of PIC Lines, fat embolisms let loose during 1 surgery which has caused my very declined brain function etc!!! The Dr tried the cement hip filled with antibiotics, tried partial revision, several IND's, etc etc. BECAUSE the Dr said....when he opened me up the 1st time to remove the stainless steel cable there was an infection present.
Knowing what I know now (AND I WILL BE TAKING MY OWN ADVICE HERE BECAUSE I HAVE A FAULTY DEPUY HIP THAT NEEDS TO COME OUT ASAP)....MY ADVICE for you and for anybody else that has an infection of any kind is....have the complete implant taken out...COMPLETELY!!! Once it is taken out it gives your body the chance to get rid of the infection...without the implant... because once the infection is there.... it's there and it infects the ENTIRE implant, it infects surrounding tissue....everything! Once the implant was out, my body had a chance to heal and 5 weeks later I was given a new hip and the healing process finally took hold. Yell if you have any questions/concerns but getting the implant out is your best option if you haven't done so yet...i see your post was Feb 2011...let me know how you are if you don't mind please.
I had a hip replacement in May / July I got infection they opened up I was wearing a wound Vac got it off a week ago, I feel good but my hip is in pain??? They say I have marsa. Why is my hip hurting so much pain

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