Last question (for now!) — you read the MRI results, and it looks like the infection activity has died down and gotten better. That said, how much higher is the risk of re-infection from the original agent with an XLIF surgery in the same spot? Could it be dormant anywhere and re-activate, etc.? If TDR is contra-indicated, that leads me to believe there is some risk, but how high?
Also, should I ask for or will the surgeon put me on any oral steroids following this knowing my history that they wouldn’t have if I had never had discitis? Would you?
The previous surgery and infection was almost a year ago to the day from this planned procedure in February.