I’d really appreciate any advice from people who’ve had a prosthetic joint removed due to infection, if there is anyone on here...? I fluctuate between being pragmatic and being absolutely hysterical. Mostly though, I’m somewhere in between.
I had both jaw joints replaced in June 2017 and it looks like my left one is infected. The only treatment is to remove the joint, replace it with a temporary thing for a few months to and then to insert a new one. It’s 2 major operations and given my complications after the initial op, I’m terrified. I’m in agony and not sleeping due to pain as lying down seems to make it worse. This certainly isn’t helping my emotional state. I have lost month function, I can only open my mouth half as much as I could a few weeks ago, I am on soft foods as I can’t chew and I am swollen. As I have an infected lymph node, the jaw problems may be a reaction to that, so they’ve put me on antibiotics and suggested waiting a few weeks to see if things improve. I am trying to be optimistic but my surgeon gave the impression he thinks it’s a joint infection.
Please keep your fingers (metaphorically) crossed for me.