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Had hip joints replaced now suffering from sinus tract where liquid comes out daily with no pain or discomfort

My mom is 67 and had her hip joint replacement 4 and half years ago. Just recently she developed sinus tract where liquid (clear then thicker) oozes daily. She does not have a fever or other clear discomfort or severe pain on the hip. Is this chronic infection? Is a surgery the only or best option? Must the prothesis be taken out, or there are other more conservative options of treatment?
Asked On : Sat, 16 Jul 2011
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The sinus tract infection can take a chronic course which definitely needs minor surgery to close the tract as it can lead to severe infection if left open with infection and fluid. The tract probably needs to be taken out which should suffice. She will need antibiotic treatment as well because Orthopaedic infections can be very severe if it happens.
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