Although effective, neck fusion surgery and rehabilitation can be a lengthy process and financially crippling.
When the neck suffers a trauma in a car accident, the discs and bones can become damaged or disjointed. In some cases, the patient with this type of an injury may require a neck fusion surgery to join together the broken bones. Although the surgery is effective, the rehabilitation can take an extended period of time, and the entire treatment can be financially crippling.
When Neck Fusion Is Required After a Car Accident
Neck fusion is a type of surgery wherein a variety of techniques are used to rejoin the bones. In a high impact motor vehicle collision, the discs can become dislodged or the disc material may rupture out of the disc. When the discs and bones are damaged, they can put significant pressure on the spinal cords and nerves, causing immense pain and suffering. Before a neck fusion is performed, a surgeon may have to perform some additional procedures including:
- Discectomy: Removal of part of all of the spinal disc.
- Laminectomy: Removal of lamina.
- Foraminotomy: Widen the area where nerves exit from the spinal column.
A surgeon may use decompression techniques to relieve pressure on the spine. They may have to fuse the bones using a graft of bone from the pelvis. They may also use hardware such as surgical plates and screws to prevent the bones from moing while the graft heals.
Rehabilitation After Neck Fusion
Rehabilitation after neck fusion is often lengthy and expensive. The patient may have to be hospitalized for at least 3-4 days, but the period can be much longer depending on the severity of the injury. In some serious cases, a doctor may advise the patient to stay in a rehabilitative unit before being discharged from the hospital. The patient would need a minimum of 6 weeks to see the first signs of healing; however, the patient may still not be able to use the affected arm. It may take at least 3 to 4 months for the arm to heal significantly and the healing may continue for a year or so. The expenses of surgery and rehabilitation can be quite high. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, consult a St. Louis car accident lawyer to claim damages for the losses suffered.
Neck Fusion – Possible Complications
- Rejection of bone graft.
- Abnormal bleeding.
- Anesthesia complications.
- Fusion failure.
- Blood clots.
- Increased injury to surrounding nerves.
- Immense pain and suffering.
Victims of car accidents who have to undergo neck fusion may be eligible to receive compensation for the injuries, if the accident was a result of another party’s negligence. The victim may have to furnish evidence of the other party’s fault and negligence and of damages suffered. An experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer can educate you on your legal options and help you file a claim for compensation.
Call The Hoffman Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation. We fight to get compensation for injury victims of car accidents and their families in St. Louis, Missouri.