Hi; In Aug ’10 I had a “Clean Out” operation on my left Ankle to remove some bone spurs. Then about 12 days after the procedure I woke up early on a Sunday with a Temp of 103.8. I took 2 Motrin and fever went down rather fast and I was back down to normal within 90 mins or so. I went to emergency room to make sure I did not have a blood clot in my leg. I also had a little leakage near the surgery site and the dr. on duty did a swab. Monday was labor day so the hospital called me on Tes am to tell me the culture came back and I have a staph infection. They also said they contacted my dr.that did the surgery and his office would be calling me shortly. They called me about an hour later and told me the Dr. has me scheduled for surgery on thurs. I asked why I needed surgery and I was told the Dr. needs to get the infection out out of my ankle. I did as instructed and reported for surgery on Thurs. I was in hospital for 4 days after surgery, then sent home to admimster and anti-biotic through a “pick-line.” I did this 3 times a day for 71/2 wks. My ankle has never been the same. I have a bad limp and stabbing pain. Front half of my foot feels like it’s half asleep or numb. Dr. told me it takes up to a year for bone to heal after being scrubbed to remove staph infection. Well, I founf a new Dr. & he ordered an imaging test to ckeck if there was any infection remaining. The imaging test showed an infection in the Talis Bone. Dr. told me I need surgery to geta biopsy on a pc on the Talis bone. Did that on 11-16-11 and results came back negative. I will be going in on 12-7-11 for a Fusion which is supposed to be the cure all.
My question to anyone who may know the answer is: is it standard procedure to operate and scrub the bones in the ankle to remove a staph (MSSA I was told) infection. Why would they not just put me on anti-biotic’s. I believe that the scrubbing was a little violent and has caused me misery for the past year & a
half. With yet another operation next week. And I have the feeling that this is not going to solve the problem.. Anyone out there know about the scrubbing procedure??? Thank you…………………………John