Re: Staph after surgery
I have had a staph infection. There are 2 kinds: one is resilient to most antibiotics (referred to as MRSA) and the other is sensitive to antibiotics (MSSA). MSSA is easier to treat, since it responds well to antibiotics, but that doesn't mean it is gone overnight once antibiotics start. In my case, I got MSSA after my ankle fusion. The infection was all the way in my bone which makes it more difficult to treat. I learned from my Infectious Disease Dr. that once the infection reaches the bone it never really goes away completely, but it does go into remission. It is possible for people who have been diagnosed with staph infection in the past to have a relapse after another surgery. In my case, my ortho surgeon has another surgery to do on my foot, and he has decided to wait until a year has passed since my initial diagnosis of staph. He said if you make it a year without the infection flaring up again, your chances on not having a relapse improve.
In my opinion, the first thing you can do for your mother is find out what kind of staph infection she has. By the way, staph bacteria live everywhere and can be on th surface of your skin without causing any problems. It is when it attacks tender or injured tissue that it causes so much damage.
Next, you can talk to your doctor about the best from of treatment.
I hope this helps.