Spinal Infection Surgery
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to wash and clean away the bacteria and infected tissue. If evidence of spine instability is present, surgery may also be required to stabilize the spine. In addition, if neurologic deterioration occur as the result of a spinal infection, surgery may be advised to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord.
To completely treat some spinal infections, a combination of long-term antibiotics along with surgery may be required. The doctor will monitor the patient’s white blood cell count, the erythrocyte rate, as well as, C-reactive protein level to determine the patient’s response to therapy.