About 6 weeks post-op I developed a bumpy rash on the top of my thigh/ butt cheek. I went to the dermatologist and he said he saw that it was red, and bumpy but, there was nothing to culture. Within the next week, the rash turned into abscesses and finally it could be cultured and sent to the lab for evaluation. I have been on 2 different antibiotics, prednisone, kenelog injections, and been to the dermatologist 6 times in the past 10 days. It turns out the the rash/ abscesses were not on or near any of my back or stomach incisions (at least 4 inches from my lowest sacral incisions). Should I be concerned that my hardware that was put in for my L4- S1 fusion with cages, and posterior rods and screws could be infected and have to be removed at some later date? Am I lucky that I caught it early and was on antibiotics early? Where did this come from and why? Am I going to have to worry that I am open to more staph infections in the future? Can anyone help me out with info re : non-surgery site infection (my incisions are not at all problematic and healed fine)? Thanks in advance.