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Hi from across the "Pond".
My wife's surgeries are really getting tiresome but Anne is a real trouper through all this.
Over the last year+:
Started with PKR with the complication of one of the closing staples deciding to find its way around the back of her knee some place and lodge. Also he removed a large cyst under the skin that left a big hole under the skin.
Surgeon didn't like the wayward staple and the fact that the wound was draining for so long so he thought he would go in and open the knee and clean out the operated area and start her on IV Ancef for a month. Couldn't get to the staple so he said: "Don't worry about it, people live with foreign objects in their bodies with no ill effects."
After the month, as things were getting better, her knee swelled up, turned red and became infected so he went in again and cleaned everything out, packed the wound with drug eluting beads and another round of IV Ancef for a month then oral cephalexin for about 3 months.
Things were looking good, went to Israel and walked all over the place, came home. Stopped the cephalexin and the knee got infected again!
Surgeon opened up the knee for the fourth time and took out the partial that was working so well (3 hour operation) fearing that there was some bug lurking on the partial. Closed up the hole that he created when he removed the cyst. Put in oversized, drug eluting wafers and more beads and stapled her up again and now we are finishing up 7+ weeks of Vancomycin. I should mention that they have never been able to culture any organism from repeated testing.
Now it's been almost 8 weeks since the last surgery and her knee was just slightly oozing and draining from a small hole for about 4 weeks. Then two weeks ago it started really pouring out to the extent that we have to change a very padded dressing twice a day.
As soon as Anne is better, he wants to go in and to a TKR. We are going to get a second opinion as soon as we see the doctor again so we can ask him for a referral (no one will see my wife without one).
My question is: Is 7+ weeks of draining unusual? The doctor doesn't think so. nb
I'm wondering if that staple is causing all the problems and reinfections, etc.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over-and-over and expecting different results. This seems to be what we are doing.
The doctor says this is the first time in 14 years of doing this that he's ever had to replace a partial knee that became infected. He also says that this is the first time he, or any of his colleagues, have ever seen a wayward staple. This kind of makes me wonder if the two are related.
I'm thinking there are people out there that have gone through similar problems that could provide some advice?
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