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Second infection now at surgical/incision sites

It's been six weeks now since my SCS implant and after my PM follow up yesterday I was sent back to the spine surgeon who said I have an infection at another surgical site. Unfortunately this new one is where the actual stimulator box (don't know the technical name for it) is located so a little more uncomfortable. Apparently my body is rejecting the internal stitches and creates an abscess which leads to infection. They said I haven't done anything to create this--like tight clothing. So I am on antibiotics again which make me feel pretty awful!
Has anyone else had problems with their incision sites becoming infected? I thought after six weeks I would be free and clear of surgical issues :-(. I just wondered how common that was. I just don't want any part of the SCS to become rejected as well!
Thanks for any input!
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  • Sorry to hear of all the infections! That's awful :-( Being on antibiotics is not fun, at all. Hope you get to feeling better!
  • RickilalasRRickilalas Posts: 559
    edited 11/06/2012 - 8:21 PM
    Hi I just wanted to tell you to stay on top of this. It looked like I had a small infection from the pocket for the battery. They put me on a high amount of antibiotics and told me if it was a infection and did not go away in a few days they would had to pull out my entire scs unit so the infection could not travel up the lines into my spine.
    I got lucky and it was just some drainage and everything worked out.

    Another item to think about is taking a large dose of antibiotics before any dental work because of the titanium implants I have. Ask your dentist about this. My dentist and my oral surgeon both make me do that.
    They say because of the hardware if I have any infection with or without me knowing and have dental work done it can get to the heart quick and that would not be a good deal. Anyone else gone through this?

    Rick
  • I have had this problem every time I have had abdominal surgery. It always happens at about the 6 week mark. My body doesn't like to absorb internal stitches and so it treats them like a foreign object and rejects them. It was a bit scary the first couple of times it happened but now I am so used to it I can almost schedule follow-up doctor's visits to coincide with when this will happen.
  • gliders1ggliders1 Posts: 62
    edited 11/07/2012 - 6:26 PM
    CherylC said:
    I have had this problem every time I have had abdominal surgery. It always happens at about the 6 week mark. My body doesn't like to absorb internal stitches and so it treats them like a foreign object and rejects them. It was a bit scary the first couple of times it happened but now I am so used to it I can almost schedule follow-up doctor's visits to coincide with when this will happen.
    Cheryl, I had the same thing happen to me when I had gallbladder surgery. First I had a few complications, I kept coughing and was having some shortness of breath after the surgery, and by the second day, decided to go to the ER. I had Atelectesis(partially collapsed lungs) which later turned into pneumonia! So the coughing caused my main incision to split open at one end, and then the internal stitches started working their way out. I had to visit the surgeons office several times so he could snip them off, looked like clear fishing line and was definitely not the outside stitching which was more like thread. It's been about 18 months since I had that surgery and my incision healed with that kind of raised section at the end, not pretty at all!
  • SoftballmomSSoftballmom Posts: 52
    edited 11/08/2012 - 3:55 PM
    I had to stop the antibiotics because I was so sick and thought it was the stomach flu. I will definitely watch the incision site ( which was where the battery pack is located) because I would hate for an infection to spread! Thank you for sharing your experiences and suggestions! Cheryl, I must be like you when it comes to the stitches and my body rejecting them! Funny how after all my surgeries prior I never experienced this but this is the second infection with the SCS surgery. However, it seems the older I get the different my body responds to everything!
  • I was sent to my PCP to check my infection and to put me on another antibiotic if needed, He said it looked like it was healing and not to do anything more. Well, now the infection is worse and oozing (sorry to be gross). It's a three-day weekend with no where to go but the ER or just wait it out. Not sure if waiting is good since when I call Tuesday, I probably won't get in with the surgeon until later in the week. Any suggestions? I don't want to be paranoid if the internal stitches will just work themselves out. I'm going to watch it tomorrow (Sunday) and then see how it is. I just want everything to heal and get on with my life--just as we all do! :-) Thanks again for any suggestions!
  • Hi there...just wanted to give u my feedback on this...I've had 2 artificial disc replacements (08 & 09) with one bad disc remaining. I did the trial scs in march 12 it helped so I had the permanent implant put in April 12...one month later after doing exactly what the doc said..I was hospitalized for over a week with a staph infection. They tried to treat it with 3 potent antibiotics through IV but it didn't go away. Unfortunately they had to remove all the hardware from the scs because of it. My surgeon said I had to wait 6 months before having another surgery which will be Dec 1st. I'm going to my surgeon that did the disc replacements next week for a 2nd opinion but I know I'm going to be limited on what he can do. I'm very hesitant to have yet another surgery as I'm fearful of another infection. We'll see what he says next week. You're definitely Not Alone I can tell u that much.
    Good luck to you!
    Karri
  • Karri, I am so sorry you had to go through all of that! I hope you will have success next month and be pain AND infection free! I am on regular penicillin now and can tolerate it much better! I go to see my surgeon in two weeks to have my incisions checked. I'm hoping this is the last infection! Good luck to you!!
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