Common Surgeries after Car Accidents
The immense impact of car accidents makes them exceptionally dangerous, and many of the injuries sustained by car accident victims require surgery and extensive follow-up care, which can make the recovery period that much more challenging. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured, it’s time to consult with an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney.
Surgeries to Stabilize Broken Bones
Broken bones are painful, dangerous injuries, and when the break is compound or otherwise complicated, surgery is often required to help keep the bone stabilized while the fracture heals. This generally involves implanting screws, pins, rods, or plates in the affected area. The tendons and muscles that surround the broken bone can also be torn in the course of the accident and may require surgical repairs. Further, when a joint is damaged or shattered completely in a car accident, a partial or total joint replacement may be necessary. The recovery after surgery for a broken bone often requires months – or even years – of physical therapy.
Severe burns and cuts are not uncommon in car accidents, and when such injuries are on or near the face, they can be disfiguring. Plastic surgery can help minimize the physical damage. When burns or cuts are on a hand or joint, plastic surgery is often necessary to help ensure that the victim regains as much mobility as possible.
Surgeries to Address Spinal Cord Injuries
Car accidents are closely related to spinal cord injuries, which can include any of the following:
- Herniated discs
- Dislocated vertebrae
- Broken vertebrae
- Torn soft tissue
Any one of these – or any combination of these – can lead to surgery, and some of the more common back surgeries include:
- Discectomies in which a portion of a herniated disc is removed to help relieve pressure, reduce nerve compression, or diminish irritation
- Vertebroplasty in which acrylic bone cement is injected into a broken vertebra’s cracked spaces
- Laminectomy in which the back portion of a vertebra, called the lamina, is removed in order to reduce excess pressure
- Spinal fusion in which multiple vertebrae are fused to allow increased stability and improved pain management
Surgeries for Internal Injuries or Bleeding
When an internal organ is crushed, pierced, or punctured in the course of an accident, it can lead to life-threatening internal injuries and bleeding. For serious internal injuries, intensive surgical repairs are generally necessary.
Our heads are especially vulnerable in car accidents, and brain injuries like concussions and skull fractures are common. Brain surgeries are often required to help stop bleeding, relieve pressure buildup, repair skull fractures, and remove clots. The recovery period after a brain surgery tends to be as challenging as it is lengthy.
An Experienced Atlanta Car Accident Attorney Is on Your Side
The accomplished Atlanta car accident attorneys at Spaulding Injury Law have an impressive track record of helping clients like you obtain the fair compensation they need to fully recover. Learn more by reaching out and contacting us online or calling us at 770-744-0890 today.