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    antibacterial soap before surgery

    Has anyone used an antibacterial soap before surgery? I read to wash with a Chlorhexidine soap (hibiclens ?) is a good idea. I'm not sure if it's necessary, So if anyone had any thoughts about it let me know.
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    My daughter is having surgery soon and that is one of her instructions to wash daily for 3 days prior to the surgery.
    Moxie
    Mom to Beth, 12 years old. On diagnosis: T-32, S-28; T-23 with boston brace. Initially, Beth was diagnosed with a grade 2 spondylethesis. Now--spondylethesis is repaired; she rehabbing it. God has her in His hands. And, she's a GREAT kid.
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    I was admitted to hospital the night before because I live 150 ks from hospital and because I was going to be taken to theatre early in the morning. I was given some antibacterial soap to shower with on the morning immediately before surgery.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Yes, I was given the soap at my pre-op appointment and was told to shower with it the morning of my surgery. I was happy to do anything to minimize the risk of infection...
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    They may give you hibicleans but they told me to just use Dial or Lever 2000 that AM.
    Janet
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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    David checked into the hospital the day before surgery, and was given a special antibacterial soap to shower with as well.
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 15, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently holding around 26 degrees)
    Under care of Dr. Randal Betz since 2004

    Also mom to Nicole (22) and Danny (25)

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    Janet Cerrone, PA to Dr. Betz janetcerrone@spineandscoliosis.com or (609) 912-1500

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    With my spondy surgery I was given a bottle of antibacterial soap to shower with the morning of surgery. They told me to wash and rinse my hair first so that the last soap that touched my body and was rinsed off was the one they gave me. I meet with the doc again Monday morning before my Tuesday morning surgery so I don't know if they will give me something at that point or not.
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    I was given anti-bacterial wipes at my pre op app't. to use both night before and morning of surgery.


    Anne in PA
    Age 55
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    I did not use any special soap.Just showed up early in the morning for surgery.
    Aug.17,09 Anterior
    Aug.20,09 Posterior
    Fused T-10 to Sacral Pelvis
    Cedars-Sinai
    Dr.Pashman

    Sheri 47 years young
    Husband married 30 years
    3 kids 29,28,25
    4 grandkids 10,8,5,3

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    I wasn't given any instrustions either about showering with antibacterial soap. I was admitted at 7am on the morning of surgery, and surgery was scheduled at 8.30am. I showered as normal that morning, however, after leaving hospital, although my incision looked really good on day 2 post-op and i showered without a dressing, i thought that i would use an antibacterial soap daily in the shower to keep extra clean during recovery!
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    I got to the hospital at 4:45am for my 7am surgery after showering as usual at home . Nothing different. When I got to rehab, 7 days later, I just used my normal products.

    Melissa

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    I was given the antibacterial soap the Friday before my Monday surgery. I was told to shower with it the night before surgery and the morning of surgery.

    As an aside, if interested, the instructions said I should not shave during either of those anti-bacterial showers. So, if you want to shave your legs or armpits prior to surgery, do it prior to the antibacterial soap shower. (This may just be a Barnes-Jewish thing, I don't know).
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    I had my pre-admissions testing day and they gave me an antibacterial wash for the morning before surgery. The tips about shaving and washing/rinsing hair first are good ones, thanks Lisa and Kathy. The soap part is the fun thing they gave me compared to the enema solution I got too. I'm not going to ask any questions about that one.
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    Debra,
    Best wishes for your surgery on Wednesday! I will be thinking of you! I had a consultation with Dr. Boachie back in 2008, so I know that you are in skilled and compassionate hands!
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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