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infection after fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am three and a half weeks post four-level lumbar fusion (S1-L2). I have done well, discomfort is minimal, went back to my three-hour-a-day office job this week and will go back to my church organist job next week. The surgeon says I have a "superficial infection" in my incision. He has me on antibiotics, I'll see a wound care specialist tomorrow, and will have home nurses pack the wound each day.

Has anyone else had this experience? I'd like to know what to expect. Thanks! --Dorothy


  • Wow! I am very impressed that you are up and about so quickly after a four level fusion. I cannot imagine being able to play the organ so soon after this surgery. I would think it would be hard to move your legs and feet without it hurting the fusion.

    Please be careful that you do not overdo it. It is possible to do too much too soon and cause a bad flare.
  • Gwennie. That is amazing that you are already back to work, even if it is only 3 hours a day. I have DDD, no fusion, just microd, and I couldn't even work 1 hour a day. You are a champ! Please, like Gwennie said, be careful. You don't want to do too much. I did too much too soon after my microd and I am paying for it dearly now. I'm really surprised your doctor released you to go back to work. Sorry if I'm rambling, I'm just so surprised, and happy for you!

    Good luck with you infection. Since it's superficial I'm assuming you will heal nicely. :)

  • i had infection also and had visiting nurse. in my case the wound didnt heal so they operated again to clean it out. if the infection stops draining you should be ok. keep an eye on the draining...if it persists press surgeon for answers...pete
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