Author: Claus Simpfendorfer
RECOMMENDATION: Postoperative spine infections should be treated with irrigation and debridement (with or without implant removal) followed by appropriate antibiotic therapy. Antibiotic suppression without surgical intervention should be attempted in cases where the patient is not a surgical candidate, or in attempt to achieve spinal fusion prior to implant removal.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Strong
DELEGATE VOTE: Agree: 80%, Disagree: 7%, Abstain: 13% (Super Majority, Strong Consensus)311