Both nonsurgical and surgical treatments are available and our experts at SCCNS will evaluate every option available and educate our patient on every aspect of treatment.
The nonsurgical treatment of spinal infections often require long-term use of an intravenous antibiotic or antifungal therapy and can result in the hospitalization for as little as 7-10 days or as long as 8-12 weeks. A back brace may also be used to alleviate pain and to keep the spine stable.
Nonsurgical treatments are the first option when patients have minimal or no neurological deficits. However surgery may be necessary if a patient does not respond to antibiotic or antifungal therapy and their condition is worsening. For postoperative infections a simple surgery to wash away the bacteria may suffice or it may be necessary to perform a more extensive debridement and removal of infected tissues. In addition, in some cases, surgery may be required when there is evidence of spine instability or severe weakness as a result of the infection.
If surgery is necessary, your expert at SCCNS will discuss in detail the necessary procedure so that you are able to make an informed decision about your treatment.