Do I need to take antibiotics in future for any surgical or dental procedure if I have previously had joint replacement surgery?


Certainly you should mention that you have had joint replacement surgery to any health professional planning to perform a surgical procedure (eg dental, bowel, prostate, bladder, cardiac procedures).

Guidelines recommend that within the first 2 years after surgery you should definitely take oral antibiotics to prevent the risks of infection to a pre-existing joint replacement when undergoing future surgery. Many orthopaedic surgeons would prefer their patients to take preventative antibiotics whenever having medical procedures in future for the rest of their lives if there is any potential risk of infection to the joint replacement.

This usually requires taking an oral dose of antibiotics before and after the procedure.