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Postoperative Complications After Hip Replacement Surgery

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My mom had a hip replacement surgery 8 days ago, everything was fine at the hospital, then after 5 days they let her go home.But for the last 2 days she has fever as hi as 39c. And her wound hurts so much especially when she walks or even when she moves.And it is burning where her scar is. Dr. told us to take her back to the hospital tomorrow, they want to do some tests. After the operation they gave antibiotics for one day and then they stoped.What might be causing the problem? Do they need to take the replacement out? Can it be a basic infection just on the scar?
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replied March 28th, 2006
Orthopedics, Hip, Knee Replacements Answer A592
There is a great possibility that your mother has an infection or deep vein thrombosis (DVT)... or possilby both. Both are serious postoperative complications, typical for difficult surgeries such as hip-replacement, and should be treated at the hospital. D-dimers and fibrin degradation products should be examined to exclude DVT. Microbiological investigations will be also necessary. Anticoagulants and antibiotics will be absolutely necessary. It doesn't seem likely that the doctors will need to take the replacement out.
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