Although infections of the spine are very rare, but if neglected or if there is a delay in diagnosis, they may become a significant source of pain and disability. Infections in the bone or in joints anywhere in human body can be crippling and life threatening.

While we are more focused on minimally invasive procedures at Vimhans PrimaMed Institute of Minimal Invasive Surgery, we also provide treatment to those afflicted by infections and diseases of the spine. Spinal infections commonly occur following an open back pain operation, but may spontaneously happen in patients with certain risk factors such as HIV and other STDs, poor nutrition, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

Causes

Bacterial or fungal infection carried into the spine through blood stream
Age
Drug addiction
Compromised immune system
Cancer
Smoking
Poor nutrition
Obesity
Diabetes

Symptoms

Common symptoms of the spinal infections may include:

Fever and chills
Weight loss
Painful urination
Sever back pain
Intolerance to light

Patients with epidural abscess may experience a pins and needles sensation as well as mild weakness. On the other hand, discitis patients may develop sever back pain, and children may deny flexing the spine.

Treatments

Treatment basically depends on the severity of the infection and the organism that causes the infection. Long-term antifungal therapy or intravenous antibiotic may be recommended. Bracing may also be advised for providing stability to the spine until healing occurs and help with the pain.

If infection doesn’t respond to antibiotic therapy or any other traditional treatments, surgery may be necessary. The surgery we provide at Vimhans PrimaMed involves the removal of infected tissue with the stabilization of the spine. Surgical technique is also used for joining together two bones in the spine.

Our expert surgeons at Vimhans PrimaMed Institute of Minimal Invasive Surgery perform spinal surgeries through minimal invasive techniques and ensure less hospital stay, small incision, less blood loss, quicker recovery and better results.

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