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thatrobyno
12-15-2012, 11:01 AM
In my research, I've been reading a lot about the dangers of infection. And that some infections don't even show up for up to eight years after surgery. That paralyzed me with fear. I've had a couple yoga students who suffered bone infections (they had screws in other areas of their bodies, not in their spines) and their infections created horrible troubles, long hospital stays, long-term side-effects of medication. One had to have a short amputation.

What have your experiences been? Have you had troubles at all?

JenniferG
12-15-2012, 05:32 PM
I haven't, but it was my #1 fear going in to this surgery. There are a few members here who've experienced infection post-surgery. Perhaps a search for "infection" might find them and their stories. Also, ask your surgeon when you see him what the risk is i.e. the percentage who acquire infection. I believe that individual hospital's infection rates can be Googled, as well.

thatrobyno
12-15-2012, 08:36 PM
I haven't, but it was my #1 fear going in to this surgery. There are a few members here who've experienced infection post-surgery. Perhaps a search for "infection" might find them and their stories. Also, ask your surgeon when you see him what the risk is i.e. the percentage who acquire infection. I believe that individual hospital's infection rates can be Googled, as well.

Great idea about googling the hospital where I'd get the surgery done! Smart lady :)

jrnyc
12-15-2012, 08:54 PM
just a note about looking up hospital infection rates...
that has been discussed here before...
Linda usually points out that some of the smaller hospitals with
lower infection rates do not do as many complicated and serious
surgeries as scoli surgeries tend to be...

i am not sure if i am explaining that right...
(Linda...tried to ask you about this, but your private message mailbox is full)

jess

LindaRacine
12-16-2012, 01:11 PM
In my research, I've been reading a lot about the dangers of infection. And that some infections don't even show up for up to eight years after surgery. That paralyzed me with fear. I've had a couple yoga students who suffered bone infections (they had screws in other areas of their bodies, not in their spines) and their infections created horrible troubles, long hospital stays, long-term side-effects of medication. One had to have a short amputation.

What have your experiences been? Have you had troubles at all?

Hi...

I haven't had an infection, but certainly know a lot of people who have had them. Infection is probably the most common risk in any big surgery. I don't think I know anyone whose infection didn't eventually get resolved. Some people only need a single wash out and antibiotics for a short time, while others have had to have multiple surgeries, some eventually having to remove their implants, and antibiotics for a very long time. There are risk factors that can increase your risk of infection, but if you don't have any of those risk factors, your risk of getting an infection following surgery is probably somewhere between 5-10%. The good news is that just about everyone I know who has ever had a postop infection eventually is happy with their outcome.

Regards,
Linda

thatrobyno
12-18-2012, 11:40 AM
Some people only need a single wash out and antibiotics for a short time, while others have had to have multiple surgeries, some eventually having to remove their implants, and antibiotics for a very long time.

That scares the bejeebers out of me!

LindaRacine
12-18-2012, 12:51 PM
Sorry, it was meant to be reassuring. :-) The fact that people go on to say that they're happy with their outcome says a lot. Infections are serious, and definitely make recovery much more difficult, but I've never known anyone who wasn't relatively happy in the end (at least as far as the infection clearing up). One of the few people I know who ended up having to have her implants removed is probably one of the happiest, but she had a good attitude all along, so her outcome was probably a bit preordained.

--Linda

thatrobyno
12-19-2012, 04:42 PM
Sorry, it was meant to be reassuring. :-) The fact that people go on to say that they're happy with their outcome says a lot. Infections are serious, and definitely make recovery much more difficult, but I've never known anyone who wasn't relatively happy in the end (at least as far as the infection clearing up). One of the few people I know who ended up having to have her implants removed is probably one of the happiest, but she had a good attitude all along, so her outcome was probably a bit preordained.

--Linda

Thank you. That sounds a little less horrifying ;)