Total knee and hip replacement are wonderful restorative procedures - except when they aren’t. While it is well known that pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke and death occur at surgery in a small percentage of patients, it is less well known that infection of a total joint replacement can equally be, or more, devastating. Infections occur in about 2% of patients. At a recent symposium of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, new research showed that THE FIVE YEAR MORTALITY RATE OF PATIENTS WITH AN INFECTED TOTAL JOINT REPLACEMENT IS HIGHER THAN FOUR OF THE FIVE MOST COMMON CANCERS. Repeat surgery and intensive antibiotic therapy is required in nearly all cases, but resistant antibiotics prevent eradication of the infection in some. And the physical and emotional stress of the treatment over a period of years takes a heavy toll on the patient.
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A few weeks ago I saw a 90 year old retired doctor, whose physician daughter brought him in, with one completely ruptured Achilles tendon and one partially ruptured. Usually these require significant trauma – which he did not have. What was the cause? In his case the tendon ruptures were the result of his having taken Cipro, a Fluoroquinolone antibiotic for an infection. In fact such tendon injuries, and other complications with use of these antibiotics are relatively common so that the FDA on 7/26/2016 wrote:
A recent study from the US Naval Academy has shown that the use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as advil, motrin, aleve, diclofenac and meloxicam around the time of surgery or afterward.