My lumbar fusion is from 2007. At this time, we don’t know how I would get an infection in this area, although I was told you could have a bladder infection which could cause bone infection. None of that. I’m scheduled for MRI this week to determine more. If there is infection, treatment would be 6 weeks of IV antibiotics and possibly surgery after that. Right now I am researching surgeons locally and at Mayo Clinic. My concern is that I am recently diagnosed with heart failure and don’t know if I could tolerate a very long surgery. I think the fusion surgery was between 3 and 4 hours. I don’t mentally or physically feel like going through this. One day at a time!