Hey birdinelremaleyjr. I had a back surgery that was infected. It was callde a discectomy. It was painful and scary. The same doctor did the fusion I had done a year afte the discectomy. Because I had an infection before, he prescribed antibiotics that I started taking 3 days before the fusion and for 10 days after. I had the stimu;lator r trial and waiting for a date for the permanent one.