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04-02-2007, 05:50 PM
My son had surgery 6 days ago. They did a spinal fusion from T2-L3. We brought him home yesterday and today he has 100.6 degree fever. I do not know whether to be worried. The discharge papers say call the Dr. if it goes higher that 101.5. Anyone out there have a fever after surgery?? I would appreciate any advice

Spencer's Dad
04-02-2007, 06:43 PM

Spencer had a fever post op for about a week. The docs said it was due to the blood loss and replacement that happened during surgery. His fever never got above 100.5. 101.5 is the threshold commonly given to indicate bacterial infection that has moved into the blood stream. Usually, fevers lower than this are not a problem, but you should watch it carefully and if it does not go down you should call the doc.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck and keep us posted.

04-03-2007, 08:09 AM
Thank you for your reply. We will watch him closely. He also had some diarrehea. The Dr. thinks he may have picked up a little bug.

04-05-2007, 12:31 AM
My daughter had fevers. Up to 104 for a day within days of surgery. We were told walking and working the lungs would bring it down. As she got more active it did come down. Did they send you home with that hand held gismo to blow in? We did that hourly and it worked. We left the hospital with a fever and in a couple days it was gone.

04-05-2007, 11:03 AM
We were not sent home with one of those things. We did figure out that taking slow DEEP breaths did help the fever. Thank you for your advice.