Since my posterior cervical revision I have had fevers, swelling, severe pain and abnormal labs (elevated white cell count, sed rate, and CRP). The surgeon and all the surgery fellows that have been following my case said that if it was an infection it COULD NOT be treated with antibiotics because I have metal hardware in my neck. They said the only way to treat was to open it up and clean it out.
Well, I had a white blood cell scan which came back showing an active infection in my neck around the hardware at multiple levels. This test was ordered by another doctor (not my surgeon).
The surgeon, who is impossible to get hold of, now is prescribing (via his nurse and without seeing me) a short course oral antibiotic. This seems wrong to me after all they told me previously.
I am seeing another surgeon for second opinion soon, but wondered if anyone else with titanium hardware has had a similar experience (being treating with short course oral antibiotics)?