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Concerned About Infection
birdinelremaleyjr posted:
I am a 54 year old male, who has had 6 back surgeries. I have 5 discs fused in my neck and 3 in my lower back. The spinal stimulator implant surgery has been vociferously recommended to me for relief. I am very concerned about staph infections, since I had one in 2000 and it nearly cost me my life. My doctor says this procedure has a fairly high infection rate. I would greatly appreciate feedback from anybody who has had this procedure or is considering it. Thank You.
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annette030 responded:
Since you had a Staph infection already, it seems like that would put you at additional risk. I would think about this, and discuss it with your family doc as well as an infectious disease specialist.

My husband had a Staph infection requiring a Groshong catheter in his chest and six weeks of IV antibiotics. Even when his wound finally healed up and the infectious disease specialist cleared him, his ortho guy refused to replace his hip. He did finally find another ortho guy to do that surgery. I am an RN, retired, he came home from the hospital a day early to avoid infection from there. I had had my doctor do a nasal swab on me to make sure I wasn't a carrier.

Neither of us ever had the procedure you are considering. It is recommended if and when oral opioid treatment stops working. Have you tried that? Has it stopped working?

Take care, Annette
Feardorcha68 responded:
Hey birdinelremaleyjr.
I had a back surgery that was infected. It was callde a discectomy.
It was painful and scary.
The same doctor did the fusion I had done a year afte the discectomy.
Because I had an infection before, he prescribed antibiotics that I started taking 3 days before the fusion and for 10 days after.
I had the stimu;lator r
trial and waiting for a date for the permanent one.

cweinbl responded:
You have every reason to be cautious. MRSA infection can be fatal.

Ask if you can use a different hospital. Post-surgical infections are more often the result of sloppy hospital rules and operating room employees who fail to observe appropriate actions.
annette030 replied to cweinbl's response:
Also ask the surgeons what their infection rates are for that procedure. I always check hospitals and surgeons for their infection rates. Demand that all hospital personnel wash their hands in front of you, before touching you.

"Consumer Reports" had an interesting article about "good" and "bad" hospitals, I got the copy in the mail yesterday.

Take care, Annette

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