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surgery with MRSA
Started by Stephen Mc SR
Posted: May 16, 2010 at 21:20
My name is stephen. I have had MRSA in my blood twice in the last5 years.I have to have a hip replaced due to avascular necrosis..first time I got it I was in DE,treated me for 6 weeks with vacomycin,you're good to go.I had L4L5S1 fusion. So off we go 1200 miles west to MO.and thought things were made annd things couldn't be going any better.
Five monthed to our new home in the woods..MRSA returned to me meaner than the first time.I had a large abcess in my lower back next to fusion site. They had to break out the "Ginsu" knives and cut a LARGE hole into mmy back which had to be wet packed everyday...twice a day...for two very long monthes. And not to mention the IV's with "picc" lines..which went on for three monthes. Now after all that you think I could catch a break. OOOoooo No...now I have avascular necrosis of my right hip..right where the MRSA was removed. I am not feeling sorry for myself,I just want to know, is if I have the hip replaced,what are my chances of getting it AGAIN????I am extremely petrified of the entire scenario. Should I be this worried???Thanks to Linda McCafferty for getting me here.
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Re: surgery with MRSA
Reply #1 by ruth
Posted: May 17, 2010 at 01:48
In addition to an infectious disease specialist you should consider going to a nutritionist.

There are many things you can do that won't interfere with medical drugs. Most of us eat
SAD the standard American diet and our immune systems are weak. Strengthening your
immune system will help you get this MRSA under control.
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Re: surgery with MRSA
Reply #2 by ladyk
Posted: May 17, 2010 at 16:31
Stephen Mc SR -

I’m sorry to see your life has been complicated by MRSA. A look through the forum topics will show a glimpse at how many have been affected by this aggressive, pathogenic, contagious bacteria.

As you will see from the link provide… Avascular Necrosis (AVN) can result for several different reasons. http://www.hmc.psu.edu/healthinfo/a/avascularnec.htm

Stephen, any invasive procedure today carries with it risk of contracting a myriad of hospital acquired infectious diseases. You’ll notice next time you enter hospital for a surgical procedure, among the volumes of papers you will have to sign… there is one you will sign confirming you are aware of the possibilities of acquiring an infectious disease as being a risk you understand.

This is not to say every individual who has a procedure will succumb to infection, but the stats lean heavily on the side of the hospital acquired bugs these days.

The very best we can do is build our immune system to optimal health so that it is able to do its biological job of ridding system invaders as it is preprogrammed to do.

Following topical decolonization protocol prior to any invasive procedure is also quite helpful in reducing bacteria overload on our skin, reducing some risk of contraction.

One should also be nare (nostril) cultured prior to procedure to determine if one is MRSA positive carrier. In the case patient is positive carrier - procedure will be postponed, patient will be given antibiotic ointment to decolonize nares which is one common MRSA colonization site. This is accomplished by swirling Bactroban antibiotic ointment via Q-tip in nares 2x daily x5-7 days. At the end of nare decolonization treatment another nare culture will be done to be sure negative nare culture is obtained prior to surgical procedure.

*Additionally having an Infectious Disease specialist on your team is imperative in my opinion. A good ID working in concert with surgeon is the best possible scenario for individual who has prior history with infectious disease, MRSA being one.

I’m concerned with all the Vancomycin use, and wanted to let you know we are dealing with the resistant factor when MRSA is concerned. There are studies where Vanco has been rendered resistant (useless), therefore in my opinion this should be explored if physicians should decide this particular antibiotic therapy is necessary.

It would be in your best interest to write out a ‘brief’ timeline of surgeries, infection, treatments, and all meds you have ingested, so physicians have a heads up.

To protect you best learn all you can concerning your affliction. There are volumes of information on forum and the forum’s associated website. We’re here to help you through, ask the million questions Stephen, and we’ll do our best to answer or find the answers for you.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
ladyk

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