Category: Car Accidents

6 Common Surgeries After a Car Accident

Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm

When you or a loved one are injured in a car accident, you should see a doctor as soon as you can. You might feel fine at first, but in the hours and days after the wreck, you might start to feel pain or signs of serious injuries. In some cases, you’ll even need surgery to repair the damage.

Any delay in seeking medical attention can be hazardous to your health. A doctor or other health professional can look for all types of injuries after a car crash. They might order tests like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These diagnostic tools identify injuries you might not have expected.

Here are six of the most common surgeries for car accident victims in Texas and New Mexico.

1. Surgery To Stabilize Bone Fractures

A cast or other form of immobilization is sometimes the best way to treat a broken bone. More severe fractures might require surgery if the bone breaks into several pieces. Under these circumstances, doctors use pins, screws, rods, and plates to keep the bones properly in place while they heal.

Surgery also might be necessary to repair torn muscles or tendons around the broken bone. You might need a partial or total joint replacement if you suffer a severe hip or knee fracture. After going through surgery for a broken bone, you might have months or years of physical therapy.

2. Brain Surgery

Brain or head injuries demand immediate care. Doctors must prepare you for emergency surgery to repair a skull fracture, remove a clot, stop bleeding in the brain, or relieve pressure building inside your skull.

Brain surgery is a physically demanding operation for patients. You also can expect a lengthy recovery period that might include rehabilitative therapy to relearn or strengthen specific physical or cognitive activities.

3. Back Surgery

Collisions can cause serious back injuries, including broken vertebra, dislocated vertebra, herniated discs, and torn soft tissue. You might need surgery to repair one or multiple injuries.

Common back surgeries include:

  • Discectomy: Doctors remove a portion of a herniated disc to relieve pressure, irritation, or compression on your nerves.
  • Laminectomy: Doctors remove the back portion of a vertebra, the lamina, to relieve pressure.
  • Vertebroplasty: Doctors inject acrylic bone cement into the cracks and spaces of a broken vertebra, like an internal cast.
  • Spinal Fusions: Doctors fuse two or more vertebrae following a broken vertebra or herniated disc to provide better stability and pain management.

4. Surgery for Internal Injuries and Bleeding

One or more of your internal organs could be crushed or punctured during the crash, leading to internal bleeding. The surgery necessary for internal damage varies depending on the circumstances. You might need a minimally invasive procedure, or you might need extensive surgical repair.

5. Surgery To Repair Torn Soft Tissue

Most soft tissue injuries heal with time, rest, pain management, and physical therapy. You might need surgery if you suffered a torn muscle, tendon, or ligament in the crash or have recurring problems with a stretched or partially torn tissue. Your doctors might recommend alternative treatments first.

6. Plastic Surgery

Car crashes can lead to scarring, burns, and other disfigurements. You might benefit from working with a plastic surgeon to address potential scarring, particularly on your face, neck, arms, and hands. For instance, many car crash victims experience lacerations from broken glass.

A plastic surgeon can help repair deep and uneven cuts to reduce the damage to your appearance following a car crash.

Worried About Surgical Bills After a Car Accident?

If you’re not sure how you’ll be able to pay medical bills from surgery, call Kemmy Law Firm today. We know what it takes to get the compensation you need. Because when another driver is responsible for the crash, their insurance company should pay your surgical bills.

Our Texas and New Mexico personal injury lawyers help you get the most out of your case. Schedule a free consultation when you reach out online or call 210-735-2233. You pay us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.

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