One of the most concerning complication of spinal surgery can be an infection. This reported problems can occur in 15 percent of elective surgeries requiring hardware such as rods and screws. I believe that if patients seek early contact with their surgeon the consequences can be minimized. Unfortunately, any delay can serious change the outcome. I give everyone of my patients my home and cell number for this very reason. Early detection can allow prompt initiation of antibiotics that can resolve the superficial wound infection from becoming a complex recovery.When a patient has redness or drainage that occurrs 1 vto 2 weeks after surgery they must become aggressive to let their surgeon know.

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