Chance of MSSA Relapse Following Surgery?
I was diagnosed with MSSA Sept of 2006 after an ankle fusion. It had already reached the bone by the time it was found. I was hospitalized and had 2 debridements. I was sent home 12 days later with a Pic line and continued antibiotics for 8 weeks. At that time, it was determined my infection had gone dormant. I understand that when MSSA is in a bone it never really goes away and can flare up again months or years later.
Now, I am scheduled for a bunionectomy on the foot that is on the same side as the infected bone. I am a year out from my last surgery, which my orthopaedic surgeon claims decreases the likelihood of a staph relapse. However, I have to admit I am scared it will flare up again. Last year, before I was diagnosed I suffered through extreme pain for 2 weeks. I really don't want to go through that again.
Does anyone know what my chances of relapse are? Has anyone had experience with MSSA returning after more than a year?
Any advice you can provide is appreciated.