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Hi everyone,

I've had a wound on my tibia for 6 months. I went to see a wound specialist and I had a bone scan last week. The wound specialist told me I had a bone infection and I needed to have a revision surgery ASAP. I'm going to see another doctor to have a second opinion.

I had a bone infection 12 years ago and I remember taking antibiotics first before considering a revision surgery.

Has any of you been in a similar situtation? If you had a bone infection, was a revision surgery necessary? Thanks.

Gwen :)

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Did the doctor give you a reason for not trying antibiotics? The reason I was rehospitalized was for staph infection . They are not sure but suspect that it is also in the bone and I am currently taking antibiotics.

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Thanks Dancingfool. The doctor told me that the antibiotics will probably not work and slow the healing process. I really would like to try the antibiotics before considering a surgery.

Gwen :D

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Hi Gwen and welcome to the forum. If that is what you really want, then TELL your Dr so, b/c it's you who has the final decision. I wish you the best and please keep us informed as to how things are going, k? :D

Sheila lbk

Maine USA

Keep Smiling :)

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Get that second opinion, Gwen, before you cut anything. It doesn't make sense to me that they wouldn't try an antibiotic for an infection. But then I'm not a dr either :blink: Best of luck to you.

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good luck

dont wait too long for 2nd opinion, though

i lost my leg initially due to bone infection

i KNOW they are almost impossible to cure

infection seems to stay in bone

good good luck and maybe best to move on that surgery to get the infecton out of u before it spreads further

i know, before they had to take my leg, docs told me the infection could SEEM to leave but really doesnt

hang in there

sue

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Hi Gwen,

i know lots about bone infection, when i had my RTA my feamer snapped mid way and broke through the skin, then the bone was infected with MRSA, i had 14 revisions over 6months - it was explained to me that the blood supply to bone is very low, thats why antibiotics at best work very slow to clear bone infection, if at all, and the result is bone can die very quickly when infected, the only way to deal with this is to cut the bone back to fresh blood supply while at the same time take antibiotics to kill the infection - sooner they do this the less they have to take away - this sounds harsh but was correct in my situation.

hope all goes well,

Gaza

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Gaza,

The way you explained it, it makes perfect sense. I didn't know that bone has low blood supply. See, I learned a new thing today. ;)

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Thanks for your replies. I'm going to see an orthopedic surgeon this week to have a second opinion and I'll make a decision.

Gaza, I'm sorry you had so many revisions. It seems like antibiotics don't work well for bone infections. It's a shame as I would prefer taking antibitiotics rather than having another surgery. Thanks for the advice.

I'll keep you posted.

Gwen :)

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Gwen

There maybe another way. A fellow I met at the re-hab centre had massive doses of IV antibiotics over a week. They then xrayed and mri'd his leg it showed improvement so they did not need to operate. However, it would depend on the strain of infection and if MRSA/STAPH aare involved there is so little they can do. Another thing to remember is that if the blood supply is poor you could have osteomyellitis and that can be just as painful and incurable

Rachel

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Gwen--

Unfortunity, I don't have any words of wisdom on this subject. :( But do I wish you all the best during this journey dealing with this infection. Please update us on how you are doing and what the 2nd opinion doctor has to say. :)

Patti

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Gwen,

osteomyellitis is bone infection. IV drips are more effective than tab's at getting to infection. but bone is so easily damaged.

as it was explained to me, the blood supply to bone is cut off very easy when infected and when this happens the bone dies then decay's so it will all depend if the infection is treated before blood supply is cut off, onece dead the bone will have to be shaved. this may not reduce the lenght of the stump though, my last revision was done by a top plastic surgeon and he re-shaped my stump to take extra weight without reducing stump length, if you have to have a revision and if you have any boney areas, talk to the surgeon on bettering the stump.

Gaza

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Hi everyone,

I just wanted to keep you posted. I went to see an orthopedic doctor today and he also told me I needed to have a revision surgery. He does not believe that the antibiotics would work.

I made an appointment with a vascular surgeon to discuss the surgery. It's really difficult to accept to have another surgery. My last revision surgery was 12 years ago.

For those of you who had revision surgery, how long did it take to fully recover? I was told it could take up to 2 months.

Thanks again. Nice to have this great forum with great people like you.

Gwen :)

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Gwen--

I never had a revision yet, but I truly am sorry that your doctor feels that you need it. Please know your friends are here if you needs us. I hope everything goes well in your future doctor's visits. If you need anyone to talk to, I am here. I may not have the answers you need, but I'm a good listener.

Patti

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Hi Gwen,

sorry to hear you do need a revision. if you have any boney areas or the bottom of the stump would benefit from extra padding then do talk to the surgeon about this - if you have to have surgery its comforting to know your final outcome will be better than before. ask about IV treatment before surgury so your body is full of germ busting stuff.

i my case the main thing after surgury was that the opp area healed without infection - make sure, and demand, all surgeons and everyone else has gloves on when they check on the wound - surgeons can be notorious not to. the wound area should heal in about 10days and any stitches out in two weeks. it will then take about 8-12 weeks for the area to mature, during this time when healed use lots of vitamin enriched moisturising creams and rub into the scar and surrounding area - in no time you will be back on your feet and the scar area well up to the job.

take care, Gaza

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Tough news, Gwen, but I know you will do well. Take care and let us know how it goes.

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Hi Gwen:

Sorry to hear your sad news.

I'm glad your seeing a Vascular Surgeon as well as an Orthopod. Hopefully he will do a "bone density" test. This would help them know the extent of the "infection".

Please keep us informed Gwen, and try and keep your chin up, we are here for you.

Sincerely,

Lynne

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Hi everyone,

Thanks for your support. I got great news today. I got the results of the MRI and it shows no sign of bone infection. The bone scan report said I had osteomyelitis, which was not accurate.

I still have a wound that has to heal. But I don't need to have a revision surgery. I try to rest as much as I can and I take antibiotics. I'm so relieved!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Gwen :)

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Good news, Gwen. Hope your wound heals up soon.

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