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  1. #1
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    3 months post op...

    I recently heard of a concern that when my daughter has her teeth cleaned that she needs a round of antibiotics the day before. First of all, is it true, I have tried to contact the nurse and haven't gotten a return call, second of all, does this apply to colds, flu's and other illnesses? I'm worried now because over the last couple of days she has caught a cold and I don't want a secondary problem to arise...
    Proud mommy of a beautiful 15 year old daughter
    **diagnosed 10/2010** "Thorasic mid 20*'s Lumbar high 20*'s"
    **as of 12/2012** "Thorasic 49* Lumbar 52*"

    after 4/30/13 surgery she is straight as an arrow!
    GOD BLESS THE SHRINERS & HOSPITAL STAFF & DR GUPTA

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    Hi,

    I wouldn't worry at all about your daughter's hardware with colds/flu/etc. The main concern is situations which involve bacteria in the bloodstream. Surgeons seems to vary on this---my surgeon doesn't recommend antibiotics for routine teeth cleaning, but does recommend them for any dental work involving drilling for one year. My daughter had vertebral staples put in at age 8, and her surgeon had her take antibiotics before routine teeth cleaning for one year.

    Try not to worry over the weekend, and check in again with the surgeon's office Monday if you are concerned.
    Gayle, age 49
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    5/16 6 yrs post-op, 24*T/ 22* L, mild increase in curves, watching

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Hi. I agree that surgeons seem to differ and you just need to ask your surgeon.

    Our surgeon said antibiotics were not necessary even for tooth extraction post op to spinal fusion. He said the only time antibiotics are needed for tooth extraction is having had knee replacement or other whole joint replacements.

    But when I told the oral surgeon this, he wasn't so certain and he prescribed a short course of antibiotics for my daughter.

    By the way, colds and flu are due to virus, not bacteria and so antibiotics won't touch that even if it was in the blood which it is not to my knowledge.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    I worked many years in dentistry--some dentist would rather give a very short course of antibiotics{6 Tablets}then ever have anyone face a problem. Knowing what I have seen through the years--i would say take the antibiotics if you can.

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    Hi Ann

    This is off the SRS site.....

    If I have a spinal fusion, will I need antibiotics before dental work?
    This question is controversial. It refers to the possibility of infection in spine implants after dental work. However, there are efforts underway to develop formal guidelines regarding the use of prophylactic antibiotics before dental work in patients who have previously had spine implants inserted in their backs.

    Please talk with your spine surgeon about this before having dental work.

    http://www.srs.org/patient_and_famil..._scoliosis.htm


    Here is an old thread on this subject.
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...otics++dentist

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    On a slightly different note.....

    Something new....Just add a little “pixie dust”. What would we do without our ARMY surgeons?

    http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/s...ex.cfm?id=3459

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    Pre surgery curves C12,T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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