No one wants to get an infection following a joint replacement surgery.  Based on your individual needs, your doctor will likely prescribe you a few antibiotics to help you stave off any potential infection.  When bacteria infiltrate the blood stream, it can slow down the recovery, complicate other systems, and lead to serious health consequences.  For unknown reasons, these bacteria will often attack a joint replacement as the body tries to recover from the surgery.

SymptonsTo clarify, be sure to speak to your doctor directly about any antibiotics prescribed and the potential side effects of each prior to taking any of them.  Although, post-surgical infection is rare, if you do happen to come down with any of the following symptoms, be sure to contact your health care provider as soon as possible:

  • Pain
  • Abnormal Swelling or Inflammation
  • Severe Redness
  • Even a draining wound

Rarely do people ever experience fevers, chills or malaise but if you do, please call your doctor immediately.

CefazolinTypes of Antibiotics

The most common types of antibiotics used in orthopedic procedures are Cefazolin, Cefuroxime, or Vancomycin and most doctors have patients begin taking these 60 minutes before the surgery.  Finally, please be careful to not stay on the antibiotics for too long.

The American Dental Association recommends taking an antibiotic for no more 2 years.  As always, be sure to discuss all medications with your physician.