bone infection 3 mos. after bunionectomy
Someone posted here about having this problem. I can't find it now. When I read it just before having my bunionectomy, I was pretty worried. I asked my doctor about whether it is possible to have a bone infection begin as long as 3 months after the surgery, and she said "Absolutely not." According to her, bone infection is a possibility within the first 5 days postop, and tissue infection is possible in the first two weeks, until the incision heals over. She admits that bone infections are "really bad!" and gives all her patients a dose of IV antibiotics just prior to surgery in order to avoid this. She has never heard of anyone getting an infection from the surgery months after it was done.
So I'm wondering--did the person who said they experienced this mean that they really became infected 3 months postop? Or did they get the infection sooner, and mean that it was officially diagnosed 3 months later? If the former, did they get IV antibiotics at the time of surgery? Did they have any predisposing factors, like diabetes? How do they know for sure that the infection was a result of the surgery?