Infected Hip Replacement

This is one of the most difficult areas to deal with. An infected hip replacement is a disaster for everyone involved; patients, nurses, doctors alike. An artificial hip has no blood supply, therefore antibiotics cannot penetrate it to remove infection.

The simplest deterrent is avoidance, that is avoidance of infection at the time of a hip replacement by meticulous surgical technique and other precautions. Despite all of this, some other factor may lead to an infection of the hip replacement.

Contrary to belief, the most common organism causing the infection is not MRSA, but a skin organism derived from the patients own skin (staphylococcus epidermidis). An infection can happen at any time, but usually occurs within the first 3 months following a total hip replacement.

If the infection is diagnosed very early, the hip replacement may be saved by washing it out, and administering antibiotics. If this is not possible then the implants are removed and infection is cleared up before re-implantation of the hip replacement. If the infection is very severe, multiple operations may be necessary, or the removal of large areas of bone to clear infection. This makes the subsequent hip replacement much more challenging.

This case was referred following multiple washouts to clear infection. There was subsequent bone loss leading to dislocation of the antibiotic impregnated spacer. Infection was cleared before revision surgery performed.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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