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Had laminectomy on L5 s1 on 11/08/12. Incision infected. Had MRI done today. What shld i expct and why do I hurt worse now and why are toes numb?

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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Incisional infections vary in severity from a very minor suture abscess to a very serious deep infection.
Depending on the type of wound infection, your pain and numbness may or may not be related to your infection. Talk to your surgeon, as he/she has the best perspective and can best evaluate and explain your condition to you.

In brief: Depends

Incisional infections vary in severity from a very minor suture abscess to a very serious deep infection.
Depending on the type of wound infection, your pain and numbness may or may not be related to your infection. Talk to your surgeon, as he/she has the best perspective and can best evaluate and explain your condition to you.
Dr. Stan Lee
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Major issues

Hopefully you are being seen by an infectious diseases expert in addition to the surgeon who did the laminectomy.
If not, insist on it. It is possible you have a paraspinous infection (epidural abscess or other area of involvement). This may require further surgery, removal of any instrumentation which may be present and a long course of antibiotics.

In brief: Major issues

Hopefully you are being seen by an infectious diseases expert in addition to the surgeon who did the laminectomy.
If not, insist on it. It is possible you have a paraspinous infection (epidural abscess or other area of involvement). This may require further surgery, removal of any instrumentation which may be present and a long course of antibiotics.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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