My brother in law had his knee replaced 3 years ago. Soon after the therapy completed and he was walking again, he got MRSA infection. They tried to clear it up with antibiotics but had to take it out and use a concrete spacer. He was on the pic-line for 4 months with antibiotics. Finally it was better and they put in a new knee replacement. He has been doing really well for about 2 years now, walking, golfing, etc. and recently had severe pain in the knee. Went to hospital and they found he had a staph infection. Doc went in and cleaned flushed out the knee. Brother in law is again on the pic-line antibiotic for 8 weeks. We are at week 5 and he had a big red spot on the knee. Went to Doc on Monday. Doc said will keep an eye on it, continue pic-line antibiotic. My question - has anyone else experienced this or heard about it happening twice??? We are all still young (early 50's) and he can't work (again), so looking for some possible alternatives to this treatment.View Thread
Just learned thru this discussion that someone else with similar infection problems had found thru additional doctors opinions that he is allergic to some of the metal in the replacement knee. Even though the allergic metal is only 3% - it is enough that he had major problems like us. My sister is now with a fantastic infectious disease specialist who is looking into the possibility of allergic reactions to some of the replacement knee components. You should research in this discussion and see others posts about infections and find a board certified, with a fellowship, infectious disease specialist. We are praying for an answer so our family and our lives can become a little less stressed.View Thread
No progress. Dr found him to have the infection thruout body and has now done the surgery and taken knee out. He has a metal brace from his ankle to his groin on his leg. No bending at all, pick line with heavy duty antibiotics, nurse 3x a week to change pick line and a diagnosis of 3 to 6 months before we know if the infection is gone. Also told he will not work at carpenter any more so go on permanent disability. Suggested to my sister to see another infectious disease specialist. that appointment is Thurs of this coming week. We are looking for answers as to why he keeps getting infected in the knee... Any information is helpful. Thanks for answering.
Sorry to hear about your mom. Do yourself a favor and get the best infectious disease doctor you can find, one that is board certified and is a fellow - otherwise, this could be her in a couple of years...View Thread