I have had an ACDF in October of 2012
I failed to fuse and had a posterior fusion in June 2014 with a spinal bone growth stimulator
I started to have recurrent staphylococcus aureus infections in December 2012 - at least its not MRSA
My spleen is enlarged from the repeated staph infections
My blood counts are a bit low on the anemic side, just on the bottom edge of normal
Several weeks ago I had a irrigation and debridement of my posterior cervical fusion scar. This procedure was to try to clear up an infection that started as a boil in my incision last December. eight weeks after the surgery, three courses of antibiotics, and consults with a infectious disease, wound clinic, and my surgeon have led to three separate recommendations for hardware removal.
What kind of recovery am I looking at? I am expecting a long recovery as they are going to have to remove both the back and front hardware. The big issue is I have expended all of my sick time, vacation time, and only have about 6 weeks of partial disability left. I am really worried that this is going to be a long recovery and since I am the only income in my house, a financial disaster from me and my family.
Tomorrow afternoon I see the surgeon to get the ball rolling on my surgery date and disability application. Any thoughts or words of encouragement would be most helpful as I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me right now.
2012 C5-C7 ACDF with fixation - failed to fuse
June 2014 - Planned revision surgery