MRSA and Knee Replacement

MRSA and Knee Replacement

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Mskinner

Shreveport, LA

#1 Dec 6, 2007
Has anyone had a knee replacement surgery and contracted MRSA? I know the answer is alot of yes yes yes...but what I need to know is..has anyone been successful putting the knee prosthesis back in after it has been removed and spacers put in???
Sharon Gauthier

United States

#2 Feb 14, 2008
Yes, I did, with my second knee prosthesis. The first knee prosthesis was infected with a normal staph, removed, and treated, and had a second knee put in which did great. Three years later, I was ina car wreck, the knee got bruised, and I turned up with a MRSA infection in it that nearly killed me. I am now waiting for my 3rd knee. Several Drs. refused to touch it with a 10 foot pole, including the surgeon who did the first one (no loss, he was a jerk!!!) Contact [email protected] ally, someone to talk to who has been through this hell.
Judy

Springdale, AR

#3 Apr 21, 2008
Wondering if you can share insights you have received from your post. My father had MRSA following first knee replacement and needs second knee replacement. Although no doctor yet has said he has MRSA again....we have great concern...continued fever and pain in knee.
Mskinner wrote:
Has anyone had a knee replacement surgery and contracted MRSA? I know the answer is alot of yes yes yes...but what I need to know is..has anyone been successful putting the knee prosthesis back in after it has been removed and spacers put in???
Garrett Curtis

Akron, OH

#4 May 17, 2008
Sharon Gauthier wrote:
Yes, I did, with my second knee prosthesis. The first knee prosthesis was infected with a normal staph, removed, and treated, and had a second knee put in which did great. Three years later, I was ina car wreck, the knee got bruised, and I turned up with a MRSA infection in it that nearly killed me. I am now waiting for my 3rd knee. Several Drs. refused to touch it with a 10 foot pole, including the surgeon who did the first one (no loss, he was a jerk!!!) Contact [email protected] ally, someone to talk to who has been through this hell.
I have not acquired an infection but you may be able to help me out with my situation and I can contribute what happened to me. My double knee replacement was going great and then I proceeded to fall head first down our basement steps while carrying my sports memorabilia for storage (why I got in the original fix) two and a half months later. I loosened both knees and have real problem with one that is, says the doctor, pinching soft tissue. Same situation. My doctor washed his hands of me (jerk) and it took three more doctor refusals before I found a contact who got me in to see a doctor who agreed to see me. This doctor gives the myriad of reasons not to do anything, while I have consistent pain but can functions as long as I do no more than the bending required to walk. Other than I cannot ride my bike which was my final sports activity I can do yard work and create my art but it is painful when sleeping (wake up many times in pain) and going up and down stairs, etc. My doctor says he will replace knee with different type of implant but says he has no idea what results might be. You have decided to go through with your third replacement. I don't know if I should live with this pain forever or take a chance. Before the replacement I had already had three operations on one knee and one on the other. It is just the risk that has it's grips on me now. Hope I have contributed something. My email is [email protected]
Cathy

AOL

#5 Jun 10, 2008
I fell in January 2007.I fractured my femur and shattered my patella. After surgery I was imformed I had s. infection. I was on antibiotics 6wks. Jan.2008 I had deridement of knee in order to prepare the knee for replacement and again on antibiotics 3wks. I'm waiting in surgery date now, but still a little scared of contacting s. infection. My labs so far have been normal, but does anyone know if I still could have that staff infection in my system or could it come back on me in future?
Bob

Bowling Green, OH

#6 Nov 3, 2008
I had knee replacement done March 2007. My surgeon used Zimmer prosthesis and I was VERY happy with the results and had gotten back to a pretty normal life. Then in December of 2007 while carrying my grandson to the car, I slipped on the ice and feel full force on the knee (grandson was okay and did not fall to the driveway). The knee did not feel right after that and I had to have a lateral release done in June 08. After the procedure I contracted a staph infection and underwent arthoscopic procedure to clean out the joint. IV antibiotics for 6 weeks and thought things were going well. 2 weeks after I went off the antibiotics I passed out at therapy and ended up back in hospital where I underwent 4 1/2 hours of surgery to remove prosthesis and have spacer put in, and 6 more weeks of IV antibiotics. I am now waiting to have the new prosthesis implanted. Does anyone know how many times the knee can be replaced before that is no longer an option? I am 52 and God willing, plan on being around a long time.
David Lake

Spokane, WA

#7 Dec 30, 2008
I am awaiting for a third knee replacement. Has anyone actually went through a third on the same knee? I am at that stage and just trying to get an opinion on how it came out for you individually. Thanks for any feedback...replies can be sent to [email protected] ..
Sharon Gauthier wrote:
Yes, I did, with my second knee prosthesis. The first knee prosthesis was infected with a normal staph, removed, and treated, and had a second knee put in which did great. Three years later, I was ina car wreck, the knee got bruised, and I turned up with a MRSA infection in it that nearly killed me. I am now waiting for my 3rd knee. Several Drs. refused to touch it with a 10 foot pole, including the surgeon who did the first one (no loss, he was a jerk!!!) Contact [email protected] ally, someone to talk to who has been through this hell.
Joan-north carolina

Burlington, NC

#8 Jan 3, 2009
I too had a knee replacement, 3 years ago.It was the best thing I had ever done, I thought.# weeks ago, I go to get up for work and my knee collapsed under me. I work in a hospital and chose to go to the ER, instead of Dr's office. They pulled 45ml of milky, yellow, buttery fluid out of my knee. I had the surgery to replace the spacer (plastic meniscus)part of my previous replacement, in the hospital for a week and have a PICC line, vancomycin, cipro x 6 weeks. It's been 3 weeks, labs are slowly getting better, but I still feel like a mack truck hit me. How long do the body aches and seriously sore muscles last? Anyone have a clue?
cutup

Mesquite, TX

#9 Jan 7, 2009
Joan-north carolina wrote:
I too had a knee replacement, 3 years ago.It was the best thing I had ever done, I thought.# weeks ago, I go to get up for work and my knee collapsed under me. I work in a hospital and chose to go to the ER, instead of Dr's office. They pulled 45ml of milky, yellow, buttery fluid out of my knee. I had the surgery to replace the spacer (plastic meniscus)part of my previous replacement, in the hospital for a week and have a PICC line, vancomycin, cipro x 6 weeks. It's been 3 weeks, labs are slowly getting better, but I still feel like a mack truck hit me. How long do the body aches and seriously sore muscles last? Anyone have a clue?
It has been about 1 1/2 years to finally get to where I nearly feel like me. But I also have RA which adds to the hurt. Hang in there.
Renee RN NC

Monroe, NC

#11 Jan 22, 2009
I have been suffering with MRSA for almost a year I have been hospitalized and received many antibiotics my problem I now have no job or insurance, do I have to die with this disease. NC will not give medicaid to adults unless they are disabled. I currently have another outbreak, I am now homeless and have no income or insurance. Please tell me am I eligable for medicaid anywhere in this country. I am 48 and dont want to die. I also have aches and pains all over and my knees are going out on me, noone has ever given me anything to live with the pain. Please help me
Donna PA

New Castle, PA

#12 Feb 8, 2009
I hurt my knee at work in Jan. 05. Had a scope in April 05, which indicated maltracking and arthritis. After extensive PT, etc...I had a LR in Jan. 07. Unsuccessful. Long story short, I tried PT, shots, pain mgmt, bracing, etc. Finally had knee replacement in June of 07. July had to have it manipulated under anesthesia. October 07, had my first revision, due to loosening.Got a total new knee. November 07, infection cleanout.(superficial, not in joint) Problems continued. April 08, second revision....debridement of a bone growing back, partial revision. Now, its Feb. 09, and on Friday, I am facing surgery #8. They will take out my implant and replace it with an antibiotic spacer, to make sure there is no underlying infection. After making sure it is clear, Ill go back in and have yet another implant put in...this time porcelain and titanium to cover allergy issues. Im nervous. I know Ill be non weight bearing for 2 weeks, and am assuming in an immobilizer for the remaining 6 weeks? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Zyn

Sandy Hook, CT

#13 Mar 14, 2009
I had a R knee replacement in May 2004. All was fine until last week. Went to doctor who pulled about 40 cc of golden yellow cloudy fluid. He asked me lots of questions - some twice - specifically if I had any fever, chills, headaches...did it (pain and swelling) start immediately (yes)...Now I am waiting for results from lab and was told I would most likely be issued antibiotics if there was any infection. Does this mean that if I have a virus of any sort does that mean that I would need a second replacement? Has anyone had this sort of problem so long after a replacement? The pain and swelling are horrid! a week ago I was Ms Hop-a-long. I am praying I don't have Mrsa
Rich

Greensburg, PA

#14 Mar 15, 2009
My wife just had rt knee replacement Feb 3, 2009. Had a slow start for PT since she had multiple surgerys on knee and much scar tissue. It is week 5 and last surture got infected with MRSA. We have six weeks of vancomycin IV ahead of us. It was supposed to be a superfical infection not in the new joint. WE HOPE. My wife has many allergies and antibiodics are limited. Need help did anyone have a combination of antibiodic drugs like Vancomycin and rifampin. Need a replacement drug for the rifampin to add with the vancomycin. NEED HELP WIFE IS AT WiTS END THAnKS RICH My god bless
Myrtle Beach MRSA Senior

Hilton Head Island, SC

#15 Mar 23, 2009
Judy wrote:
Wondering if you can share insights you have received from your post. My father had MRSA following first knee replacement and needs second knee replacement. Although no doctor yet has said he has MRSA again....we have great concern...continued fever and pain in knee.
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Just found this site, so my rsvp is a bit late, if you're still seeking answer to your question - easiest way to find out of MRSA is present, bloood test AND culture. I've been dealing with MRSA for about 18 months, while I've had (and still have) a multitide of problems, so far it hasn't attacked either knee, had both replaced in 2006. I'm sorry your dad had trouble with the implant and had it removed, I know how much better life gets when you get your painful knees replaced. Prayers with you.
B Boswell

Wilmington, NC

#16 Jun 12, 2009
Has anyone had complete knee replacement, and found out you were allergic to the nickel used in the prosthesis. I had the knee replacement in May of 2006. I was diagnosed with staff infection not MRSA I was given alot of antibiotics, and because of the intense use of antiobiotics, developed an autoimmune disease, bullous pemphigoid. This was horrible, big blisters and sores on my knee and other places on my body. Had to take more antiobiotics. The
knee has never felt right and the pain is increasing. The doctor that did my surgery told me about the nickel allergy, and said I would need to go to a doctor that is familiar with this allergy to nickel. So far, I cannot find anyone to take my case. I have been turned down by three
orthopaedics at Duke.
I want to know what complications I will suffer if I do not replace the prosthesis to rid me of the nickel allergy. Any info. would help me.
Myrtle Beach MRSA Senior

Hilton Head Island, SC

#17 Jun 18, 2009
B Boswell wrote:
Has anyone had complete knee replacement, and found out you were allergic to the nickel used in the prosthesis. I had the knee replacement in May of 2006. I was diagnosed with staff infection not MRSA I was given alot of antibiotics, and because of the intense use of antiobiotics, developed an autoimmune disease, bullous pemphigoid. This was horrible, big blisters and sores on my knee and other places on my body. Had to take more antiobiotics. The
knee has never felt right and the pain is increasing. The doctor that did my surgery told me about the nickel allergy, and said I would need to go to a doctor that is familiar with this allergy to nickel. So far, I cannot find anyone to take my case. I have been turned down by three
orthopaedics at Duke.
I want to know what complications I will suffer if I do not replace the prosthesis to rid me of the nickel allergy. Any info. would help me.
Hi B Boswell - sorry you've had major problems connected to your knee replacement. Can't say I've ever heard of allergies to components of the replacement (nickle), not to mention the yucky infection. Have you thought of talking to an allergist, rather than another ortho surgeon, about the nickle allergy situation? Maybe that would give you some answers about possible future problems, I had both knees replaced in 2006. Did the left one first, and the recovery from the surgery was amazingly fast, by the time of my first after-surgery appointment (10 days after discharge), I was walking without needing the walker or a cane. After a few weeks, we moved on to the other knee. But, the right knee didn't go as well, and may have played some part in the problems I've been fighting for almost 2 years now - my right leg was hit with a severe case of cellulitis, plus venos stasis ulcers and topped off with, ta-da, good old MRSA, the staph bugger that's resistant to all but a few antibiotics right now, but may soon be resistant to some of them soon, too. If you want more on my MRSA history, look back on the chats, and you'll find the lengthy saga by me, the Myrtle Beach MRSA Senior. While this may sound a bit strange, you are lucky that your staph infection wasn't one of the MRSA family bugs...and I hope you never get to experience it. But, anyway, think about conferring with an allergist - as the saying goes, "it couldn't hurt." Bye for now.
wsmith

Yuma, AZ

#18 Aug 7, 2009
David Lake wrote:
I am awaiting for a third knee replacement. Has anyone actually went through a third on the same knee? I am at that stage and just trying to get an opinion on how it came out for you individually. Thanks for any feedback...replies can be sent to [email protected] ..
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I have had 4 knee replacements on the same leg, previous losses due to MRSA & trauma. Now 5 yrs post op I'm experiencing looseing of the joint. has anyone had more than 4 replacements of the same joint?
gerry

Caldwell, NJ

#19 Aug 19, 2009
hello, is there pros and cons to doing another revision and or having arthodesis?
david

Queenstown, MD

#20 Sep 7, 2009
wsmith wrote:
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I have had 4 knee replacements on the same leg, previous losses due to MRSA & trauma. Now 5 yrs post op I'm experiencing looseing of the joint. has anyone had more than 4 replacements of the same joint?
damn i have never heard of 5 knees but im waiting on number 3 mrsa.
good luck
karen-Hampton

Urbanna, VA

#21 Sep 13, 2009
Has anyone tried -- had a doctor try -- MediHoney [active Leptospermum honey in a dressing]? One is a calcium alginate dressing and another is a honey colloid dressing. Go to www.dermasciences.com and to Georgetown University Hospital Website. Georgetown has been doing research and using it.

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