Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Spine Infection Treatment

Treatment for osteomyelitis usually includes antibiotics and pain medications. Surgery may be required to remove infected bone. Identification of the infecting organism can help guide antibiotic selection.

Treatment options for osteomyelitis include:

Spine Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of osteomyelitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having osteomyelitis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Spine Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat osteomyelitis:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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