I received an email from Ms. Muller the other day – she is very concerned about MRSA, and has seen the ugly side of prosthetics first hand, and has a lawsuit going against her surgeon and the hospital involved.
She had a double mastectomy, and during one of her reconstructive surgeries, to put expanders in to prepare her for her reconstruction, MRSA attached itself to the spacers and she acquired an infection. Sadly, this is not the first time I have heard this story, my close friend got an infection during this same process. MRSA loves to create a biofilm on these prosthetic devices, they must absolutely be watched so closely, and even then it doesn’t always work.
Here is Ms. Muller’s story in the NY Post if you want to read a little more about it. The most important thing to get out of her story is that you must absolutely be so cautious when working with prosthetics, and always ask your doctor what they are doing to keep you safe from infection. This is one big reason why it is so important for hospitals to disclose their infection rates – so you can make an educated decision.