on oct.14th I had spinal surgery to wash out the area around the metal in my spine because of infection on the hardware, i have been on antibiotic intravenous therapy since then,tomorrow iam facing my 7th spinal surgery because the therapy has not brought the infection rate down to remove the hardware, should the hardware been removed during my last surgery.
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replied November 21st, 2010
i am facing my 7th spinal surgery because there is infection is all over the hardware, the fusion in my spine is good and strong and the doctor said that that on oct 14th when he performed my last surgery that he could have removed the hardware but he didn't want to unless he had to, the antibiotic didn't work and i have been on the therapy since oct 16th. and now iam facing another surgery because he didn't remove the hardware should the hardware been removed during surgery no. 6, please help me.
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replied April 28th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
There are two possibilities.
1) hardware has not been removed and time has been given to antibiotics.
2) In surgery no.6 after removal of hardware antibiotics would have been started.

Practically any implant or device if gets infected should be removed and sent to culture .
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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