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Rash on back and belly..can it be from hardware or BMP??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,607
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Good morning all! :H Just a question for you all spineys.

I had my level 2 ALIF on the 25th of September and now since I have been home, my skin in my back and belly has been breaking out in a rash. I don't have it on my legs or arms or face either, but I am wondering if I might be having a reaction to either the cages, BMP or PEEK screws etc???
Anyone else have any problems with a rash after surgery?? I know it's not the pain meds, cause I've been on them before and i never had a rash, so I think I am good on that. I have bathed and showered so I know I'm not "dirty" or have "bedbugs" /:)
Please let me know what you think.

Kim >:D<



  • Do you wear a back brace? Sometimes when our body heat is trapped it can cause a heat rash even when it's not hot outside. Just an idea.
  • no backbrace at all
  • Keecho hi keecho i think there are threads in back and neck surgeries regarding bmp.........i dont have any rashes i had bmp used in me in a fusion from l4 to s1, i have alot of leg weakness i think the bmp stuff can overgrow and i think some people may have problems with it..but also people have had it and been fine......heah but look up the bmp stuff [back and neck surgeries.it could be that perhaphs ur body is healing maybe ??
  • Keecho, does the rash follow any pattern of where there was tape from your bandages? Tape is a frequent offender for causing rashes and irritations. The surgical drapes also have an adhesive on the edge that they stick to you during surgery to form the sterile field, and I have had patients break out in a rash from this as well. Do you have any history of metal allergies? I know there is a lot of talk of bmp complications, and while they do exist the likelihood is slim. My surgeon has used it in hundreds of fusions since 2002 and has never had a single case yet. So try not to worry about the bmp, that is what I am trying to do. There for a while it was like every new pain I thought my bmp must be overgrowing. But hey, it is in there already, so c'est la vi, lets just concentrate on healing.
    >:D< Sue
  • It is unlikely that it is the BMP so stop worrying about that. More likey it is from heat or tape but either way any rash that doesn't go away should be chacked by your local Dr.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • I get a horrible rash from the iodine prep they use to clean the skin before surgery. Also from the bandages that are place over the site for the first day or so.
    After my surgery I was very sensitive to anything touching my skin. I had bought this really nice lotion to use post op and when I put it on I broke out in a rash all over.
    Have you been able to clean the area really well in the the shower? Some of those things they put on the skin in surgery are very hard to get off.
    good luck-
  • yes I have been able to clean in the shower, and the rash is now spreading all over my legs, neck and back, even my arms by my pits! YUCK! The only place it hasn't gotten to is my face, for now at least!
    I stopped taking my oxycontin to see if I might have a reaction to that, but the rash is still coming and out strong. My mother seems to think that it might be from the anesthesia, and that it's coming out of my body in a rash form. Who knows. I do go to the dr on Friday, so I will ask him then to take a look and see what he thinks. It just really stinks because I just can't get comfy to begin with and now this too!! ~X( ~X(
    Oh well.
    Take care you all!
    Hope you can sleep!
  • let us know what he says, I do feel for you as coping with one thing is bad enough without adding a rash to it.
    I hope it isn't too itchy.
    (icepacks are great for itch)
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • If I were you I'd go to doctors and get checked.

    Allergy rashes tend to be small, all over itchy type but in cyberland we have no way of seeing it.

    You should show it to someone. It has been 2 weeks now, not sure about allergic reactions to hardwear and BMP at all.

    But you are so soon post op, better be safe than sorry. X(
  • the rash now? Did you get to the Dr and find a cause?

    Blessings Sara O:)
  • I went to the drs last week for my post surgery follow-up and he changed my meds. He took me off the percs and oxycontin and put me on dilaudid. The rash has gotten a bit better, but is still there. It comes and goes, well never really goes, but clears up in 1 place and gets in another. He's not too sure why this is happening, but said if it keeps up for 2 weeks then I should call my primary care dr and go get checked. He's never heard of anyone being allergic to the BMP or the hardware, but who knows! There's always a first for everything, and I could be that first! Heehee!
    I did stop taking the benadryl and only take it if I can't stand it! I hate being totally out of sorts and just sleeping cause of all the meds I'm on. My poor kids miss their mom!
  • Hey there

    Two days after surgery (15th March 2010 for spinal fusion L4-5) I started to itch around my scar and was told that it was 'healing' and 'the dressing'. I didnt have any morphine after the recovery room and no other drugs other than calcium and vitamin D both for healing. Over 7 weeks on the itching is worse and spots (hives) have developed around but not on the scar, on my elbows, buttocks and thighs, knees and shins, shoulders and armpits and on the nape of my neck. When I suggested a reaction to the titanium and I was told that it isnt pure titanium that they put in but a titanium alloy. When I said that I can't wear cheap jewellery, I was told that it was Nickel and that my implants had an element of that in it.

    I am just in the process of getting the patch tests to see if it is a nickel allergy. The dermatologist, who has written a paper on nickel allergy, said that they call it "Red Spotty Itch" (technical eh?? LOL) I know deep down that it is the implant and this concerns me. What concerns me the most is:
    1. is it healing around the implant?
    2. what is it doing to my insides?
    3. How soon after surgery can the implnnts be taken out?

    I dont think I could put up with this for much longer. I am on antihystimines tablets and cream but dont want this long term.

    Has anyone else had this reaction (I know from the posts above that many have) but has anyone had their implants removed and how soon after surgery did they do it?

    I wish everyone else good luck with their diagnosis' and dont let the doctors tell you something that you know it is. Be strong and follow it up. Doctors dont want to admit that they might have got it wrong. I really do feel that ALL patients should go through a patch test prior to surgery so that all of this could be avoided.

    I look forward to hearing from anyone.
  • HThompson2773HHThompson2773 Posts: 1
    edited 01/16/2013 - 1:16 PM
    Just wondering what the outcome was of your reaction? I am ten weeks post surgical, have been battling a rash covering my entire body. It surfaces at different times, different areas of my body. I'm afraid I maybe having a metal reaction. I'm struggling to find any evidence to support this reaction. I had metal implants about twenty years ago in my hand that were removed because they became loose.
    Heather thompson
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