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post lumbar fusion infection and open wound on incision

mjlagrecammjlagreca Posts: 1
edited 10/18/2015 - 12:43 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 6 wks post lumbar fusion. after 3 wks I started leaking fluid and now I have a 1 1/4 inch gap in my incision site. My husband is now cleaning and packing it daily. Any thoughts and advice from anybody of being in a similar situation and what did you do ? MRSA + also. Healing from the inside out sounds like it will take forever. There was a mention of another surgery to open it,clean it out and suture back up. I am extremely concerned and worried. desperately needing some help and advice

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  • I had my second lumbar surgery 15 months after my first. The same surgical site from my first lumbar surgery was used. All seemed well for the first few weeks, but then the incision site started to hurt more and it got red and hot. I ended up having to return to where I had the surgery (6 hours from home) and the surgeon (under another general anesthesia) reopened the wound, drained it and used non-dissolving stitches this time. The fluid in the seroma looked clear and it did not reach bone or fascia. It was cultured and came back with Staph-aureus infection. I had to stay in the hospital for few days waiting for the results. I had 2 IVs of Vancomycin and the hope was that this strain of bacteria would be sensitive to an oral drug rather than my needing to return home with a pic line. I was lucky and I was given a 3 week supply of Keflex which the infection specialist called for my case said showed sensitivity for my particular bacteria. I also was given Hibiclens to wash with every morning. In addition, since my nose had staph in it, they gave me an antibiotic ointment to use daily for 10 days in my nose. I am still in the very early recovery stages and hope the site does not fill with fluid again. This has been a very painful ordeal. But as of now, it seems to be improving. I hope you consulted with your surgeon. This is not something to take lightly or to "wait and see". It is vital that you be seen.

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