Car accidents and other incidents can leave many people with serious back pain. One way to alleviate the pain is to undergo spinal fusion surgery. But just what is spinal fusion surgery, and what are the risks? Our Miami personal injury lawyers review what you need to know.
Spinal Fusion Explained
The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae stacked on top of each other. However, there is space in between to allow the spine to bend. Without these spaces, you would not be able to bend forward or backwards.
Unfortunately, many car accidents or slip and falls end up damaging a person’s vertebrae or the rubbery pads in between. Any damage to the pad is called a “herniated” disc, and it can be quite painful. Traumatic accidents can weaken the spinal column in many ways, leaving many clients immobilized.
To limit the movement of the two vertebrae, a doctor might recommend spinal fusion surgery. In this procedure, a doctor uses bone grafts to fuse the vertebrae together, along with screws, rods, or plates affixed to the spine, which aid in stability. Once fused, the range of motion is limited, and a patient can avoid pain created when stretching nearby nerves, ligaments, or muscles.
Identifying if You Need Spinal Fusion Surgery
Doctors do not recommend this surgery lightly. Instead, your physician should order imaging tests, such as a CT scan or X-ray, to see the full extent of your injury and identify what is causing your pain. Typically, many patients try to treat their pain conservatively, using injections and rehabilitation first, but conservative treatment is sometimes fruitless. When pain prevents you from living a normal life, then fusion surgery might be the best option.
Complications with Spinal Fusion
This is serious surgery, and it carries certain risks. A patient will need anesthesia, which sometimes causes problems with patients, especially those who have given an incomplete medical history to their doctor. Other complications can include:
- Blood clots
- Injury to nearby nerves
- Rejection of the bone graft
Even when no complications result, the expense can be considerable. Victims must take time off from work to recovery, which only adds to the financial distress an accident victim feels.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury, please contact Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein today. Our Miami personal injury lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you need. Please avoid delay in calling 305-372692 and scheduling your free consultation.