Patients with joint implants no longer need antibiotics before a dental visit

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  • Marion Thomas says:

    My last dental visit was 3 years after a hip transplant. My dental team were willing to forgo the antibiotics if my family doctor would write a letter to say that I didn’t need them.
    My doctor wouldn’t do that, so once again I was forced to take antibiotics against my wishes.
    No one want to take the risk. I hope the message gets out soon to all medical staff involved with this dilemma so we don’t need to pollute our bodies and the planet.

  • Pamela Jansen says:

    My hip implants are 14 and 11 years old and my husband’s are 14 and 12. Over the years we have received different advice – some say yes to antibiotics forever, others for the first 2 years and after 10 years, others never (yes we have had exposure to many surgeons in several countries). It just keeps changing from doctor to doctor, dentist to dentist and country to country and with the change in the weather. We have nearly always taken the antibiotics because it seemed a small price to pay to keep our fabulous new hips. Because the advice seems to change so often I am torn.

  • Linda Murphy says:

    I think it would be useful to communicate this to all joint replacement coordinating centres and their orthopedic surgeons. I was advised to continue to get antibiotics after my two hip replacements this year.

  • Janis B says:

    You should perhaps have a conversation with the ortho surgeons in London ON. I just had a hip replacement. 6 weeks ago and they advised me that I must use antibiotics indefinitely pre dental work. The system once again shows the left hand doesn’t talk to the right hand. And by the way I was informed that I didnt qualify for homecare. They dont offer it anymore to hip or knee replacements in this area. As a Senior I was stunned. No nursing care either……….. who then is benefitting from CCAC and homecare?


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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