Surgery for Spine Infections
Category: Spine Surgery | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: October 1, 2015
Nearly every area of the body is susceptible to infection, and the spine is no exception. Spinal infections can be caused by many things and often cause a lot of issues. This article discusses the various types of spinal infections, the causes of each, and the treatment options available to patients with these spine infections.
What are Spinal Infections?
Spinal infections can impact the spinal vertebrae, spinal discs, spinal canal, and the tissues surrounding the spine. Here are a few of the various types of spinal infections:
- Discitis – infection of the spinal discs.
- Osteomyelitis – infection of the spinal vertebrae.
These infections are most often bacterial in nature, but can also be caused by viruses, fungal organisms, or as the result of surgery. Spinal infections cause the discs, spinal bones, and other structures to decay over time. In turn, this can result in pain, loss of feeling, and mobility issues. Unfortunately, spinal infections are notoriously difficult to identify early, as they don’t exhibit many symptoms until they are further along. Despite that fact, infections of the spine have to be treated quickly and effectively to avoid serious complications and permanent damage to the spine and the rest of the body.
Treatment Options for a Spine Infection
Treating an infection of the spine is multi-dimensional and depends on the specifics of the patient with the infection. If the infection isn’t advanced it can likely be controlled with antibiotics, bracing, and rest. In some cases, minimally invasive spine surgery is the only viable way to treat a spinal infection.
If you believe you have a spinal infection, or if you have already been diagnosed, contact a skilled Minnesota spine specialist for treatment. Dr. Sinicropi has many years under his belt treating spinal infections with minimally invasive techniques. Set up your appointment with Dr. Sinicropi today.