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How can I reduce my risk of infection before surgery?

bookcatbbookcat United States Posts: 66
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am planning two surgeries; the first will be an ACDF at C5-7 and the second a posterior foraminotomy at C3-4. My immune system is suppressed as a result of another medical condition. My white count is below the bottom range of normal.

I did a google search and learned about using surgeon's soap for 2 weeks before and showering 3x/dy. What else can I do? The hospital where I will have the surgeries done has MRSA.

Thanks for your help,
PLIF L1-3 6/13
ACDF (C5-7) 8/12
PLIF (L2-5) 2003/05/08


  • Is there any reason your surgeon can't use a surgery center? My surgeon actually has his own surgery center and trust me the service is top notch much better than any hospital I have ever been in. The infection ratio is much less in the surgery centers, as well. But this is definite question you should be asking your surgeon. They should also being doing a test for staff, usually done by a swab of your nose. In some cases they will want to treat the patient before proceeding with surgery.
  • I am due to have surgery on the 12th at a NYC hospital and they take avoiding infection to the extreme. Those are my words and I'm actually happy to follow their procedure.

    They do swab your nose to check for MRSA and others I would imagine. I have to put a cream in my nose 2x a day for 5 days prior to surgery whether the swab comes back positive or not. I have to shower the night before surgery and wipe down with antibacterial cloths and then again the morning of the surgery. The Dr. also starts antibiotics before starting the surgery. This Dr. has not had a staff infection in any of his patients since starting this protocol. Don't know if its his, or the hospitals procedure but since I had a staff infection round from a surgery in 1985 I am only to happy to do as they say. If you need the name of the cream and the wipes send me a PM and I'll be happy to provide them.
  • surly before you ave your operation you will be tested for MRSA and other potential health problems in your pre op test?? {standard procedure in the uk}
    as for your self just wash with normal shower gel .and eat well .if you have any other health issues surely the medics that are operating on you will advise ../good luck
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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