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Osteomyelitis: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Osteomyelitis is a condition that causes inflammation of bone due to infection. Infection in a bone begins when an injury exposes to the bone to germs. In adults, it is generally in the spine (vertebrae). The long bones in the arms and legs of children get affected by osteomyelitis. Diabetic people may develop it in their feet if they have foot ulcers. Pain, swelling, warmth and redness over the area of infection as well as irritability and lethargy are some signs one should look out for. Some cases can be healed by medications. In other cases, the doctor may perform a surgery to cure your condition.

How is the treatment done?

The doctor will firstly test your blood to check the elevated level of white blood cells and other factors indicating the reason for infection. You will have to undergo x ray and computerized tomography (CT) scans to find out the exact condition of your bone from different angles. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another test that uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce exceptionally good images of bones and the tissues that surround them. Depending on the severity of your condition, your surgery may include different procedures. The doctor may open the area around your infected bone to drain any pus or fluid that is accumulated in response to your infection. Debridement is a procedure through which the doctor will remove as much of the diseased bone as possible. Surrounding tissues that show signs of infection are also removed along with the diseased bone. In extreme cases, the doctors may have to amputate the limb to stop the infection from spreading to the rest of the body.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you have had an injury recently and experience worsening pain in the bone along with fever; you must consult a doctor.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Minor bone pains may go away naturally in a few days.

Are there any side effects?

The antibiotics prescribed to relieve pain may result in temporary redness, itchiness or irritation in skin. There is nothing to be concerned about as the effects wear off soon.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You must follow the instructions provided by your doctor. Avoid activities that cause strain in the area of infection. Make sure that you are consuming a healthy and nutritious diet so that your body is able to make up for the lethargy caused by the bone infection.

How long does it take to recover?

It may take about four to six weeks to recover depending on the severity of your condition.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of x ray and computerized tomography (CT) scans may be between ₹2500 - ₹5000. The cost of surgery varies according to the severity of your condition and the number of procedures required.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are mostly permanent.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are no alternatives to this treatment.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from chronic osteomyelitis last two years how can I be cured. I have already done one surgery in tibia for the same problem but still not cure. Pls suggest me what have to do this disease.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
The best way to prevent osteomyelitis is to keep things clean. If you or your child has a cut, especially a deep cut, wash it completely. Flush out any open wound under running water for five minutes, then bandage it in sterile bandages.

I need an orthopaedic doctor specially who can treat osteomyelitis. Please suggest to me.

MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone, a rare but serious condition. Bones can become infected in a number of ways: infection in one part of the body may spread through the bloodstream into the bone, let's discuss your concern in detail so tha...
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Hi, I have an osteomyelitis infection after a fracture surgery for more than 30 years but before five years I got it treated in hospital Pune but still the infection is not clear. Whom should I go and see?

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
it will take such a long time for the infection to go, start with antibiotics and continue it until it subsides completely

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