Infections and TKR

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I had a TKR on November 1 and a surgery on my wrist on December 9. The surgery on my wrist has became infected. I remember something about infections and TKR but can't remember all of it. It's Saturday and I'm wondering if I can wait until Monday to see a doctor or if I need to go to urgent care tomorrow? It's draining and I've put on antibiotic ointment and a bandage is this enough?

Thanks Mary

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    I would call your dr on call and ask him.
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    Why two surgeries so close together!
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      I had to get as many done before the end of the year as I had reached my deductible and it didn't cost me anything. The doctor who did my TKR also did my wrist surgeries. So I had back surgery August 23, TKR surgery November 1, both wrists and thumb reconstruction surgery on December 9, and had to have the thumb redone on December 27 as it came undone. Now I'm done until later this spring or fall as I need TKR on other knee. Then hopefully no more for a very long time. It has been nice having the same surgeon for all of this and not having different doctors for each.

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    You need antibiotics immediately.  Did you know that you have to take a massive dose of Keflex one hour before any dental work for at least a year?  You don't fool around with replacement surgery...ANY replacement surgery...and possible infections.  Period.

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    Mary,

    Are you running a fever? I had my TKR on December 5. On January 3, I visited my primary care physician who promptly had a FIT! He told me in no uncertain terms that fever and chills after surgery are serious and should be brought to your doctor's attention. He ended up sending me to the hospital for a specialized ultrasound of my leg to rule out a blood clot. I had no idea of the seriousness infection could pose. I'm sure the idea of an emergency room visit is not appealing, but maybe better safe than sorry. Good luck, hope all is well very soon!

    Tammy

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    Yeah, you can't screw with that. I had a blood blister on my knee incision after three weeks. The surgeon's assistant said it definietly was not infected but put me on an antitbiotic just to be safe. I I go to the dentist now I have to take an antibiotic. 

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