If bacteria is able to find its way to your hip replacement, infection can occur. Infection can start when you are first in the hospital, after you return home, or years later. Your risk of an infection can be worsened by underlying medical conditions you may have and risks from exposure. As the bacteria develops, it can develop a “biofilm” which surrounds the bacteria, insulating it from antibiotics Hip replacement infections can cause pain, drainage, and hip instability. There are few good options for infected total hips. Dr. Morton will discuss with you options including removal of your hip replacement, revision, surgical debridement, or antibiotic suppression. Often, multiple surgeries are required to cure an infected total joint.