Once the doctor analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination, paying special attention to the affected bone to find out if there is inflammation, heat, and sensitivity.
They will also request blood tests and imaging studies such as x-rays, computed tomography, MRI, and a bone biopsy to try to identify the type of microorganism causing the infection.
The treatment plan will be determined based on the direct cause of the osteomyelitis, the degree of progress of the infection, the area in which it is located, and the severity of the symptoms, but most cases require surgical intervention to remove infected parts and dead bone areas.
Depending on the progress of the infection, surgery for osteomyelitis may include some of these procedures or a combination thereof:
- Drain pus from the affected area.
- Bone and tissue debridement: parts of infected or necrotic bone are removed.
- Guarantee blood circulation in the bone: placing healthy tissues in the empty areas due to removal.
- Amputation: When the infection does not respond to antibiotics and becomes uncontrollable, the damaged limb will need to be amputated to prevent further infection.
After surgery, you’ll be given intravenous antibiotics for several weeks.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.