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I had hip replacement in 2013 that went bad. 2 more

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i had hip replacement in 2013 that went bad. 2 more surgeries, blood clots and infection. in nmarch of this year a abcess burst thru the hip/ 2 eeks ago a string guaze was pulleds out of the abcess that was left from surgery. did that cause the abcess
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I do not see an answer to my question "i had hip replacement in 2013 that went...
i had hip replacement in 2013 that went bad. 2 more surgeries, blood clots and infection. in nmarch of this year a abcess burst thru the hip/ 2 eeks ago a string guaze was pulleds out of the abcess that was left from surgery. did that cause the abscess"
Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

Hi there, no worries.. It may be helpful to think of an abscess kind of like a tennis ball of tissue under the top layers of skin. Outside the tennis ball, the body has walled off that space from the rest of the body, and inside is the body's immune system cells fighting bacteria.

Expert:  Dr. Captain replied 8 months ago.

Gauze placed inside an OR is sterile, meaning there is no bacteria there. So, "no" the gauze isn't what caused your abscess. The bacteria is much much more likely to have come from some other source. Perhaps an infection in the old hip that was removed, is that possible?