Hey friends. Hope all is well. Everyone gearing up for surgery and those of you who are still healing I wish you all the best. I have a quick question and it being the weekend I can't just call my infection doctor or my surgeons office to find out. Anyway, hope someone has an answer.
Question: I've had some back surgeries that started back last November. I developed an infection and spent a month in ICU. I was told that I would have to stay on some long term antibiotics till I had my hardware taken out. That it would bind itself to the hardware and I would never be able to get rid of the infection. My back surgery was to fuse 4 levels. L2-L5 I believe or is it S1. Ha, I can't believe that has slipped my mind. You'd think I wouldn't forget such a biggie. Anyway moving on, a little more history on me. I've had several surgeries in my time. Fused C-6-C7. I have some mesh in my right shoulder and two screws in my right knee. My question is this: If I can't get rid of my infection until I have the hardware removed. Do I need to have all the hardware in my body removed to accomplish my goal?
Thanks for the help.