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Fevers after fusion Worried

inforalonghauliinforalonghaul Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

quick info- Husband had 2-level fusion ( 360 ) using his bone graft and donor as well as replacement of 2 disks on Sept 28.

He has his catheter removed 3 days ago due to bladder not emptying correctly and is still taking Bactrim due to the catheter.

The same day the catheter was removed he had a fever/chills that night. I took him to the ER..where he had low bp but by morning he was fine.

Every night since he is having a rising temp (last night 101.9) and shaking chills and more pain (no nausea, cough, or anything that looks like cold or flu and "seems" to be emptying his bladder -they checked in ER). During the day he is fine, walking, energy etc. Then same time frame every night it (shakes/fever) hits.

Has anyone or is anyone going through this ??? I am worried
Thanks,, a concerned wife


  • I had ALIF Aug 24th, I had a few complication.
    I suffered from low grade fever for 2 weeks. I have/had a bladder infection which is most likely the culprit of my fever. I still have chills almost every night, (no more fever after 3 rounds of antibiotics). I am not on any antibiotics right now. My BP has been bit low since my surgery as well, running about 90/60. I am waiting on cultures to get the correct antibiotics.
    Fever & chills are never something to dismiss. It seems you have been on top of taking care of him, like my husband with me, which is wonderful.
    My fevers would usually come on during the night. I think the body is weaker after all the events of the day and resistant is low, hence the night fever. I remember with my kids when they were young, the same was true.
    Good luck and keep us posted on his progress.
  • Inforalonghaul,

    Certainly the best advice is, when in doubt call a doctor. That said, I had a knee surgery in 2002 and a cervical fusion in 2009. After the knee surgery I ran a low fever (101 or lower) for a couple of days. Tylenol helped break it.

    A day or two after I returned home from my fusion I woke up in the middle of the night once with terrible chills and a low fever. It finally passed on it’s own after a day. Scared the heck out of my wife also. Probably best to call a doctor though.

  • Ended up taking him to ER last night with a 102.5. Long story short they are treating for infection (poss celulitis) and hoping that oral antibiotics work (keflex). The site where the bone fusion is might hve a deep tissue infection they said. He did have complications during surgery (vein was cut) causing major bleeding/ transfusion/ repair. This made the 6 hour surgery turn into a 10 1/2 hour surgery. Could have issues still from that.
  • Wow, he really got put through the ringer. I truly hope everything works out and your husband beats his infection and starts to fuse nicley. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • You took him!
    I hope the antibiotics work quickly.
    Keep us posted.
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