Serious injuries commonly happen after car accidents. You may have suffered injuries or, possibly worse, you may have had to witness your child suffer due to the injuries he or she suffered. Depending on the injury, doctors may present you with various treatment options, and in some cases, the procedures themselves may also be serious.
When it comes to treating and repairing broken bones, many fractures heal properly on their own as long as the limb or other area remains as immobile as possible. However, some breaks may be so severe that they require a surgical procedure in order to help the bone heal as best as possible, which also means that you or your child will have to face the risks that come along with an operation.
As with any type of surgical procedure, bone fracture repair presents risks. Some of those risks include infection, negative reactions to anesthesia, blood clots and bleeding. While you certainly do not want any of these outcomes to occur, they are not always unavoidable. Fortunately, you can lessen risks by disclosing all important medical information to your doctor and surgeon.
Bone fracture repair
This type of surgical procedure may prove necessary in the event that a bone breaks at a joint, penetrates through the skin or shatters into multiple pieces. The procedure itself can take several hours, depending on the severity of the break and any complications that may arise. The operation will also involve the surgeon using metal pins, rods, screws or plates to stabilize the bone so that it can heal as properly as possible.
In the event that a break at a joint does not heal properly, you or your child could end up having limited mobility in that joint.
Nerve-wracking, expensive experience
Having to go through this type of procedure may understandably put you on edge. You may worry about the risks as well as the outcomes, and you may have to undergo various procedures, like X-rays and MRI scans, before the actual operation even takes place. As a result, you may find yourself worrying about the costs of this entire endeavor as well as about the pain you or your child has suffered.
If this type of serious injury did occur due to a car accident caused by another person, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim. This type of legal action could allow you to seek compensation from the driver considered at fault for the damages resulting from the incident, including pain and suffering, medical expenses and other allowable hardships.