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I had 35 radiation treatments 20 years ago for squamous cell

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I had 35 radiation treatments 20 years ago for squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. The target area was my left side of head.
Now the ear had been hurting and Dr. said that a bone in my ear has an infection and I have been taking drops for cure. Not totally working.
I have surgery scheduled for a hip replacement. I had all of the tests and my blood evidently did not show any infection. Any problems here on going forward with operation?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


If there is a remaining infection, and if the operation is elective, you should wait until the infection is cleared.

You might need oral antibiotics to do this.

Clarify this with the doctor and the surgeon.

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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No there should not be any problem.

The ear problem is likely due to the osteonecrosis of the bone --no infection there.

Osteonecrosis is caused by the lack of blood supply to the bone.
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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.