Let’s talk about bone infection or Osteomyelitis.

There are many different reasons it may occur, injuries where bone is poking out of the skin or severe puncture wounds. Germs from other parts of your body such as lungs or bladder can travel through your bloodstream to a weakened spot in a bone. Direct contamination with germs can occur during surgery to replace joints or repair fractures.

Some of the infections are becoming resistant to antibiotic therapy. Antibiotic resistance can be reversed by the addition of resistance breakers, a drug that prevents the antibiotic from being broken down and allows the antibiotic to reach its target. The doctors who specialize in this are called Infectious Disease Specialists and they are experts in treating the myriad of bacterial infections that can cause osteomyelitis. They prescribe the best possible antibiotic regimen to combat the bacteria.

The most common treatment for osteomyelitis is surgery to remove the portion of bone that is infected or dead, including draining the infected area and surrounding tissues, restoration of blood flow to the bone and removal of foreign objects such at hardware, followed by intravenous antibiotic therapy.

The last resort of course is amputation of the affected limb.

(This week's blog post is written by new lbk amputee Miranda Mullins.)

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