bone fusion concerns...
I am 22 years old and I am in the hospital right now actually due to a bone infection in my right ankle/foot that resulted from a very bad staff infection 11 months ago. I had two surgeries done last December to remove the staff(MRSA, actually) and two of the incisions opened up post-surgery and formed holes in my ankle. One of the holes closed up after a few months of careful wound-care and antibiotics. However, the other hole just wouldn't close, and I was still having pain 6 months after the surgery. I returned to my orthopedic surgeon about the hole, and found out that the problem was now a bone infection(Osteomyelitis) in the same foot, same spot. I had an MRI and CT scan done to pinpoint the infection for surgery and just had the surgery done on September 12th. My doctor removed the infected bone and put high-dose antibiotic beads into my foot where the bone was removed to take care of any infection that might still be lurking there. (I also had another picc-line put in to administer Vancomycin for six weeks again, because they said there are still traces of the staff along with the Osteomyelitis.) So, I am just three days away from FINALLY having the (last) surgery to take the beads out, and God-willing there's no more infection, have cadaver bone put in and fused. (I've only been in the hospital 6 weeks, but it seems like half a lifetime!) Then it's into a hard cast I go, along with taking some oral antibiotics for a few months (Zyvox).
All that being said, I was wondering how long I would have to have the hard cast on and what the healing time-frame would be for the fusion to be successful so I can start putting weight on it and teaching myself to walk again (I'll be wearing a walking boot after the cast is off, of course). The sooner someone can get back to me on this matter, the better, seeing as how the bone fusion surgery is right around the corner. Thank you and God Bless!