Published: 21 August 2013
Last Updated: 21 August 2013
Created: 21 August 2013
Donna's Tooth Infection in 2012 after Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Su in 2008
I had both my hips resurfaced 9/2008 Dr. Su. Been feeling wonderful,
exercising every day - pool and spinning.
This past April 2012, I had a cracked tooth under a cap. I had some pain but
nothing that I had to act immediately on. My dentist said to go a specialist and
begin treatment for an implant. I took my meds as prescribed. I must have waited
about 2 weeks and then went to have my tooth extracted and start the process for
the implant. He was amazed that I wasn't in pain with the raging infection I had
in my tooth. I continued my meds for another week. Feeling good and full of
About a month later during the day I wasn't feeling well and developed a high
fever. By evening my husband rushed me to the hospital, I couldn't walk, high
fever, and excruitating pain. My hips were infected. Overlook Hospital rushed me
to HSS. Once they discovered what type of infection I had (Strep) I had to have
surgery. They typically take out your hips, but I was very fortunate. They went
back in and cleaned it out. I was in the hospital for about 15 days and came
home with IV meds for another few weeks. During that time I did develop C diff
and drug fevers. I then had to go back into the hospital for another 5 days.
IF I had known what I know now, I would have been more diligent with my tooth
infection and getting it pulled immediately!! In keeping the story short on the
website, at the time of my infection, I was taking care of my 93 year old
mother, who was going for a mastectomy, and also living life (a travelling
husband and 2 teenagers). I put it on hold for a few weeks, along with the cost
of going for an implant ($). HAD I had known what I was in for I would have had
it out IMMEDIATELY. It cost me dearly--awful event and was very very sick. It
was traumatic, and I still struggle with it today. I beat myself up saying, what
could I have done differently?
It was NOT a fun experience and very scary! I felt I did everything the Drs.
told me. I wish I had the tooth pulled immediately. Do not fool around with any
type of infection - particularly in the mouth. I will now be on antibiotics for
a very long time - probably my lifetime which concerns me.
I will say this, if this had to happen, I was very lucky and blessed to be at
HSS with Dr. Su and his staff!