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BAHA complications

May 13, 2010
posted by  claensung

Over the last few months I have had some issues with my BAHA. I had my surgery done in July of 2009, and was fitted with it in October 2009. It has been painful around the BAHA site and I have even had pus come out near the incision site. I saw my Dr. who made an incision and looked around. He didn't seem to find anything, but drained the pus and put me on antibiotics. My Dr. is 5 hours aways and no one here will look at it because it is so specialized. It is getting so bad now that I can't even lay on that side when I am sleeping. I immediatly turn my head away to avoid the pain. I am very frustrated and don't know what to do. I don't want to travel back to the Dr. just to have him say it's nothing again..but the pain is not going away....has anyone ever experienced these symptoms? Does anyone have any suggestions? I am very concerned about it!  
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Fran S. - Cochlear Volunteer (Baha)

May 13, 2010

claensung, You really need to see the doctor about this. Clearly, there is something causing the pus. I'm not a doctor, but to my understanding, that usually means there is an infection. if you have to travel, do it. In the long run, perhaps your doctor who is 5 hours away can help you to find someone who will take a look at it closer to you. You should not be in that much pain. Good luck and let us know how it's working.

May 13, 2010

I went to the Dr. Last month and he just drained the pus and said it was fine, and put me on antibiotics. It seems to be getting worse, and I don't want to drive there just to be turned away again. I know something is wrong because of the pain, but they already looked at it and said it was fine. I even took pictures of all the pus and thats when he finally made a small incision to look inside...I am just so frustrated and in pain. :( I guess maybe I should call the dr. again. :(
Fran S. - Cochlear Volunteer (Baha)

May 13, 2010

The antibiotic might not have been strong enough for whatever is going on with your site. I urge you to contact the doctor. Only a physician can help. Good luck.

May 13, 2010

Cleansung, Please do not allow the infection (if that is what it is) to continue. Perhaps a culture of the site to identify the precise cause would get the precise antibiotic to end this. Would you Dr. consider coordinating with a closer physician to monitor the site? On that same note, I saw my Dr. last week for a 6 month follow up. Have not had ANY problems, but just that morning I noticed what felt like a sore bump along side the implant. Commented on it, and was immediately given an anitbiotic RX. I didn't think too much of it and didn't get the Rx filled until a couple of days later. Was I surprised to find out the level of antibiotic he put me on. When I asked the pharmacist, about the severity, he said I better start taking them immediately. So I'm thinking that any infection around the implant site could be rather serious. I'm almost finished with the 10 day course, the "bump" is very much gone. I hope you can convince your Dr. that this is not "nothing" and needs to be addressed. Please let us hear your results. GRAMMYP

May 13, 2010

Claensung, I would listen to the other ladies here. I had a few zits growing on my incision site about two weeks ago. That doesn't stop me from wearing my Baha thou. I went to see my doctor and he popped a few zits and cleaned it up. He also put me on anti-biotic for 10 days. It's about all cleared up now. I would definitely go back and see your surgeon again and bug the hell outta him to correct it. See if you can make arrangements to have your local doctor take care of it.

December 09, 2010

Back again...with the exact same issue of pus and pain! I have a dr. appt next with a dr. down here. I am hoping they will be willing to look at it even though they don't specialize in it!

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