If spine surgery is in your future, take comfort in knowing Santa Monica spine surgeons typically take every possible precaution to prevent infections during the healing and recovery process. Surgical site infection (SSI), where foreign bodies get into the wound location, is what often comes to mind when thinking about spinal infections. However, it’s also possible for patient-controlled factors to play a role in infection-related issues. There are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing spinal infections before and after surgery.
The human body has remarkable natural capabilities to fight infections. Even so, it sometimes needs a helping hand to be prepared for anything that could require the immune system to kick into high gear, which is why it’s best to make efforts to boost your overall health before surgery if you want to increase your odds of seeing a positive, infection-free outcome. Here’s what you can do:
During your procedure and immediately after, your surgeon and the support staff will take steps to prevent spinal infections at a time when your body is most susceptible to foreign invaders. However, when you get home you’ll need to take some additional precautions to keep the healing process on track. These are some of the things you can do to prevent post-surgery infections:
Infection rates associated with spine-related procedures range anywhere from just under 1 percent to 16 percent. If an infection does develop post-surgery, treatment usually involves long-term antibiotics. Surgery is sometimes necessary if there’s damage to tissue and other internal issues. Follow-up care normally involves various blood tests, including white blood cell counts, to ensure all signs of infection are gone.
Always make sure to take the necessary steps to prevent infection before or after surgery, whether you’re having a decompression procedure, artificial disc replacement, or ACDF. Santa Monica patients who want to find effective relief should reach out to Dr. Hyun Bae at The Spine Institute. Call 310-828-7757 today to schedule an appointment.