Spinal infections can be caused by bacterial infections traveling into the spinal column, but most often, they are caused by bacteria accidentally introduced during spinal surgery. Spinal infections, or vertebral osteomyelitis, affect approximately 26,000 to 65,000 people a year and are most common in senior populations.
Localized pain is the most common symptom, so it is important to consult a doctor when serious back pain develops. As the infection grows, more traditional infection symptoms, such as chills and fever, will begin to present themselves.
Texas Infectious Disease Institute is committed to helping those with complex spinal infections. Serge Lartchenko, MD, has a track record of effectively treating seemingly hopeless patients. If you have a spinal infection, let Dr. Lartchenko put that expertise to use for you.
Why are Spinal Infections Unique?
Spinal infections are the most dangerous bone infection, because complications can have cascading effects on the whole body. Not only is there a serious risk of the infection spreading, but the infection can also shut down systems within the spine. Quick action is needed to treat spinal infections effectively. While rare, untreated bone infections may cause neurologic compromise.
What are the Treatment Options for Spinal Infections?
Treatments of spinal infections vary. Some infections are so severe that surgery is the only option, but our goal at Texas Infectious Disease Institute is to provide treatment options that mitigate the need for surgery.
We understand surgery is a cause for concern, especially in older adults. Using the most advanced combinations of antibiotics and working with your needs, Dr. Lartchenko provides you with a level of care that, we believe, is unmatched by other antibiotic experts in DFW.
Combining our efforts with local spine surgeons, we can help to mitigate the risks traditionally associated with spinal infection. Dr. Serge Lartchenko will exhaust every option available for spinal infection treatment.
Your recovery process should be easy, and Texas Infectious Disease Institute will work hard to help provided that sense of ease.