I had spine surgery exposing my spine, is there risk of infection?

I recently had surgery to confuse five vertebrae in my neck the problem is is my incision started to create a big hole looks like it was infected my surgeon told me it was not infected but he put me on antibiotics anyway. So I have this big gaping hole it is exposing my spinal cord and my spine.I’ve had surgery once to correct it and close the incision, he cleaned it out and closed the incision and stitched it. Well the hole has returned. I was supposed to go out of town to a plastic surgeon to close the incision again but I haven’t heard back from my surgeon’s office for 2 days. What is my risk of infection from my having my spine exposed? I like my surgeon and I don’t believe that he’s trying to hurt me in any way, but should I be seeking second opinion or another doctor to close this incision and should I be doing it faster than it’s being done? it’s now been seven days since the last time I was in surgery to have it closed.

Age: 56
Medications: None

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Dr.Honey Arora
11:29 am

Thanks for the query..

Hole after spinal surgery leaving the spine exposed can cause severe Infection and can have fatal outcomes..

You should not delay and immediately consult a Spine Surgeon or a plastic surgeon and get the needful done..

It should be considered emergency situation but do not panic or get anxious of you do not have any symptoms right now..


Arti Sharma
12:18 pm

There Are high chances of contracting an infection through this open hole. it can lead to serious outcomes. Its bestyou contact A Spinal surgeon at earliest and get it repaired. take care