Utilization of Antibiotics and Drain in Spinal Surgery

Full Title of Study

Prospective Randomized Study of Utilization of Antibiotics and Drain in Spinal Surgery

Purpose of Study

Most spinal surgeries require placement of drains to remove postoperative fluid accumulation from the surgical field. This involves some exposure to the external environment and thus increases the risk of infection. Doctors combat this risk by administering prophylactic antibiotics. The purpose of this study is to determine whether 24 hours of prophylactic antibiotics is sufficient to decrease risk of infection or the antibiotics should be administered for the whole time that the drain is in place.

Basic Inclusion Criteria (requirements for being included in study)

  • Ages 18 years or older
  • Candidate for spinal surgery

Basic Exclusion Criteria (reasons for being excluded from study)

  • Candidate for discectomy

Study Visit Requirements


Principal Investigator

Baron Lonner, MD

Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about clinical trials

For more information about enrolling in this study, please contact Alexandra Lee, alex.lee@nyumc.org or 212-598-6114