Patient Comments: Septic Arthritis - Treatment


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Comment from: wags, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 14

Since 2011 I have had 5 hospitalizations, hip replacement, and multiple days where I was bed ridden, all caused by septic arthritis. Name the pharmacy product (both legal and illegal) and I’ve taken them all. Watch your weight, eat your greens and live one day at a time!

Comment from: Zach, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I had surgery on my elbow to clean out the infection from septic arthritis and then 6 and 1/2 weeks in the hospital getting vancomycin 3 times a day intravenously because I also had the infection growing on 2 of my heart valves, they call it a vegetation. Luckily I didn’t have to get the valves replaced but I was told that eventually I will have to have them replaced because of the damage that the infection caused. I was on IV heroin but this was a blessing in disguise because I’ve been clean 2 years since this happened.

Comment from: Tom, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I was hospitalized for 5 days after diagnosis of septic arthritis during which time I underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees to drain and irrigate my knee joints. After determining the exact type of bacterial infection (strep B), I was put on IV ceftriaxone for an additional 7 weeks. I also had both knees aspirated weekly for about 4 or 5 weeks.

Comment from: Mariahrdr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have had 2 arthroscopic knee flushes in a week for septic arthritis, and IV antibiotics (Ancef), followed by 4 weeks of Keflex orally.

Comment from: Fariafamily5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I've had septic arthritis three times in my left hip joint. The 1st time treatment was just 8 weeks of vancomycin, 2nd time they drained fluids and gave 8 weeks vancomycin, the 3rd time they went in and did surgery to clean out the infection, followed by a wound VAC (vacuum-assisted closure) for couple days, and of course 8 weeks of vancomycin! I've been home now about a month.

Comment from: Sherryetal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I am currently in hospital after surgery with 3 antibiotics for septic arthritis.

Comment from: Fred, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I spent 3 1/2 weeks in hospital followed by 6 weeks IV antibiotics for treatment of septic arthritis.

Comment from: frosty, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I had septic arthritis in both knees and one wrist. I was in ICU for 3 weeks then HDU for 3 weeks. Initially my knees and thighs became incredibly swollen, painful and I couldn't stand up. Doctor sent me by emergency ambulance to hospital where it was fortunately diagnosed immediately and treatment of strong antibiotics and five washouts on each knee and wrist was carried out. I was unconscious for the first 3 weeks with tracheostomy and kidney machine, etc., as the poison took over my body. I am lucky to be alive and know that septic arthritis can be a killer. It is now 7 months and I am only just walking with a frame as my quadriceps have severely atrophied. This disease should never be taken lightly.

Comment from: coco, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I walked a 5km cancer walk, then worked the next day 12 hours with no problems. When I returned home the right knee swelled and I couldn’t walk at all. The pain was unbearable. I went to the doctor. They scheduled test in about 10 days. The pain was extreme so I called the doctor and wanted to go to the hospital. They told me to wait or my insurance wouldn’t pay the hospital bill, as I had scheduled test. Like a fool I waited for a few more days till I couldnt take the pain anymore. I went to the hospital and after some testing they drained a large amount of fluid out of my knee. It was infected. I also had MRSA. To cut this a little short I’ve had 4 surgeries and several other drainings and knee adjustments. It’s been 4 months since I’ve walked or driven. I’m in therapy 3 times a week trying to straighten and bend this knee. The surgeon wants to install a new knee but can’t because if you have an infection it will attack an artificial joint so I have to wait a year till infection is gone.

Comment from: Nick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I was given IV antibiotics and had two surgeries just to wash out the affected joint. In my case it was my right middle finger middle knuckle, where 3 weeks prior to diagnosis I had a puncture wound.


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer