Spinal fusion surgery involves fusing spinal vertebra to an adjacent vertebra.
This is done to limit the movement of vertebra. The surgery is used when
such vertebra movement causes pain. Many types of injuries, diseases,
and or deformities can cause spinal pain.
spinal fusions fall within two categories; interbody fusion, and posterolateral fusion.
The former involves removing the disc between vertebras and then replacing
it with an artificial device that is fused to the vertebra. The latter
involves fixing the vertebra in place with screws or wire attached to
a metal rod.
There is another procedure call cervical spinal fusion. This is used to
stabilize the neck and spine so that the spinal cord will not be damaged.
The presence of bone fragments and or ruptured discs can also require
this type of surgery. If a previous spinal surgery needs repair, then
a patient may need a cervical spinal fusion.
You should note that these are extreme procedures that will forever impact
the patient’s mobility. They are only used after other treatments
have failed. What this means is that the patient has been in a state of
injury and physical pain for quite a long time. They surely missed work
right after the accident happened, and they continued to miss work for
medical care. They might even have been required to stop working altogether.
Then there is the pain of having the surgery performed. Of course, more
physical therapy is needed after surgery. And more work is missed. At
this point, if still employed, the victim may not have any sick time left
to use that compensates him or her for missed days at work. Employers
may also start to lose patience. Moreover, FMLA employee protections may
have been completely used up. Of course, some employers are exempt from
FMLA mandates, so employees thereof may fear losing their jobs.
In addition to medical care and physical rehabilitation, back injury patients
may need vocational rehabilitation and occupational retraining because
he or she can no longer do their previous job.
Experienced Poughkeepsie personal injury attorneys know that spinal disc herniation, vertebral fracture, among other injuries,
are frequently caused by motor vehicle accidents and may end up leading
to spinal fusion surgery. If the motor vehicle accident was caused by
a negligent act, the injured victim can seek financial recovery in a court of law.
You should seriously reflect upon the likelihood of requiring this type
of surgery if you are experiencing back pain after being in a car accident.
Spinal fusion surgeries are more common today than they were decades ago.
If fact, some reports indicate that spinal fusion surgery has doubled
within the last 20 years alone.
Learn more about serious personal injuries
in our latest article available here. Also read about broken bones and how these types of cases affect your damages
in our blog post here.
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