Almost 7 million bone fractures are treated each year in the U.S., making it one of the most common orthopedic problems that a person can have. Most people will at one point or another in their life have a broken or fractured bone. However, some fractures only require a splint or light cast to hold the bone in place while it heals while others are much more serious and require extensive surgery and rehabilitation. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is committed to securing the most favorable result for clients who require an orthopedic procedure(s) following a accident on the roads or at the workplace.
Types Of Surgeries Required To Heal Orthopedic Injuries
The basic treatment for any bone fracture is to realign the bones and hold them in place while it heals. Whether a fracture will need surgery and what kind it will need depends on several factors. Where, how and the severity of the break will be factors in whether the bone will need surgery to help it heal. Types of surgeries that may be needed in fractures are:
- Open reduction, internal fixation. Open reduction refers to surgery needed to realign the bones. Internal fixation is often used after the open reduction to hold the bones in place. In internal fixation, screws, plates or rods are inserted into the bones and left either permanently or temporarily inside the body. There may be a second surgery needed to remove hardware after the bone has healed.
- Open reduction, external fixation. In some cases, an open reduction is needed to align the bones but external devices are used to hold the bone in place. There may be pins or screws inserted through the skin and into the bone which are attached to a frame that holds the bone in place.
- Bone grafting. In some cases, the fractured bones refuse to heal correctly and may need bone grafting. Bone grafting can help aid in the healing by adding bone from other areas of the body or even synthetic bone grafting material.
- Bone replacement. In some cases the bone is unable to be healed through reduction and fixation and is replaced altogether. This is common in hip fractures, especially in the elderly. The bones and even sockets are partially or wholly replaced with metal, ceramic or other materials.
Recovery And Rehabilitation From A Fracture Sustained In An Accident
Those who suffer a fracture that requires surgery will usually have months of healing and rehabilitation ahead of them. Depending on the extent of the fracture and often the age of the patient, the healing process can vary extensively. Most fractures heal in four to six months, but more complicated fractures and procedures may take longer to heal and require physical therapy.
Legal Help For People Who Sustained Fractures & Orthopedic Injuries in Illinois Accidents
If you have sustained a bone fracture that requires surgery in a personal injury case your financial award will need to cover extensive surgery costs, possible rehabilitation and therapy and other expenses. Some of our clients orthopedic injuries that require surgery include:
These surgeries can have complications that require additional medical attention down the road. Our team of experienced Illinois accident attorneys and medical experts at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will make sure that we consider all the costs you have and may incur from your fracture and surgery and are fairly compensated for your injury. Call us today to schedule a free consultation, whether you come to us or we need to visit you at your home or hospital room. 888-424-5757
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