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Osteomyelitis

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  • Posted By: patient
  • October 7, 2006
  • 00:06 PM

Does anyone know the answer to this question?Once an infection has gone to the bone is there any other option than amputation. :confused:

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  • I'm not an expert on this of any kind ,but heres what I know about the subject since having 4inches of collar bone removed and a rib removed along with my sternum being scrapped.What I'm told is that the best way to treat the bone infection like osteomyelitis is to be aggressive and by doing so this requires surgery to remove the infected bone/s...I've been to other forums and people often talk about how they are treated with 10 wks. of antibiotics through a pic line in their arm, however with me all that was done was to take ten days of antibiotics and also repeated trips to my surgen for blood work and bone scans to keep an eye on the infection should it come back,and with that I'm told that anyone who has this has a chance of it returning...a very nasty infection(. An answer to your question is ..yes , other forums have cases where all that was needed was long term antibiotics and it appears that they are doing alright with it, just in some cases where it's required to remove the infected bones and I'm guessing that maybe sometimes the infection has reached places in the body where they cannot remove the bone do to being impossibleHope this helps .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 7, 2006
    • 09:04 PM
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  • Hello- I have chronic osteomyelitis...meaning- not really going any where soon. One thing for sure--NO ONE has ever mentioned amputation to me. But I have had two surgeries and both were removing necrotic bone (dead bone) basically by shaving and drilling, then putting me on antibiotics. As I am finding out - this was just a short term fixer and when the bone was drilled into ( I have osteomyelitis in my jaw, foot and possibly a few other spots) it really released a ton of toxins into my system. ----Look up bone clinics. Lots of info there about treatment.
    hollyb 8 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 07:11 AM
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  • I too have this dreadfull infection. It was result of a surgery i had. The ironic ordeal is that the original surgery I had was because they supected a bone infection however, the bone cultures were negative! However, the doctors assistant left 5 full suitures in the wound. I developed what the called a suiture iratation and bceame a tissue infection. Ater 3 more addtional trips to the doctors office to remove the remaining stichs in a period of 3 months they said another surgery would be required to see what was going on in there. You guessed it! During this surgery another suiture was found. The doctor aplogized and said you now have OSTEOMYELITIS! H e recommended removal of half my foot. I went to see a trams specialist and after 2 more surgerys I still have my foot, but will never be out of the woods.
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  • I'm not an expert on this of any kind ,but heres what I know about the subject since having 4inches of collar bone removed and a rib removed along with my sternum being scrapped. What I'm told is that the best way to treat the bone infection like osteomyelitis is to be aggressive and by doing so this requires surgery to remove the infected bone/s...I've been to other forums and people often talk about how they are treated with 10 wks. of antibiotics through a pic line in their arm, however with me all that was done was to take ten days of antibiotics and also repeated trips to my surgen for blood work and bone scans to keep an eye on the infection should it come back,and with that I'm told that anyone who has this has a chance of it returning...a very nasty infection(. An answer to your question is ..yes , other forums have cases where all that was needed was long term antibiotics and it appears that they are doing alright with it, just in some cases where it's required to remove the infected bones and I'm guessing that maybe sometimes the infection has reached places in the body where they cannot remove the bone do to being impossible Hope this helps . I am a 48 yr old male & had ostiomylitis when i was 6 & in 2004 it came back with a vengence. I done 6 weeks antibiotics & had my shoulder scraped to no end & all was well till now. I have it again & will be going back to surgery in a few days for a complete shoulder replacement.
    jwtimberwolf61 1 Replies
    • January 13, 2010
    • 08:36 PM
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