Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Modern surgical procedures can provide an enormous degree of improvement in the quality of patients’ lives. The benefits of surgery can range from pain reduction to life-saving medical intervention, but in all circumstances, having this treatment option available to patients has proven a remarkable boon.
Fusion surgery is one common type of surgical procedure that has shown considerable success in helping patients who are dealing with a wide range of different ailments. This surgical technique involves the use of supplementary bone tissue, which can either be obtained from the patient or from a donor, to gradually fuse two or more bones together using the body’s natural growth processes.
For some, fusion surgery can simply be an effective means of reducing pain in their day-to-day lives; for others, fusion surgery has the potential to dramatically change their lives by correcting genetic or physical deformities. Generally speaking, though, the benefits of fusion surgery tend to be similar regardless of why the patient may have sought it out: it can help to dramatically improve a patient’s qualify of life by reducing pain and increasing mobility and flexibility in some cases. Indeed, in many instances, athletes pursue fusion surgeries in order to be able to continue pursuing their careers.
The following are among the most common types of fusion surgery currently practiced:
- Spinal fusion: spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to fuse two or more vertebrae together. Candidates for spinal fusion surgery typically suffer from either severe back pain that other treatments have shown limited success in alleviating, neurological problems that may be caused by faulty vertebrae, or physical deformities such as scoliosis. A spinal fusion surgery involves the placement of a bone graft between the affected vertebrae and fixing the vertebrae in place, typically with wires or screws. Orthotics may also be required during the healing process to ensure successful fusion.
- Neck fusion: neck fusion is similar to spinal fusion in that it involves the fusion of two or more vertebrae, in this case the cervical vertebrae. Neck fusion is most common for patients after a serious injury to prevent bone fractures or spinal cord damage, though it may also be performed for patients with misaligned vertebrae or spinal deformities. The surgical process for neck fusion is similar to that of other spinal fusion surgeries.
- Ankle fusion: ankle fusion is a surgical procedure involving the fusion of two or more bones in the ankle to correct for damaged or missing cartilage. Ankle fusion can involve either internal or external fixation devices in order to keep the bones joined while they heal. Screws and metal plates are typically left in place following an ankle fusion surgery, which can restrict the range of motion in the ankle joint. However, it is common for other joints to compensate for this loss.
These types of surgeries can have tremendous benefits for patients, allowing them to go on to lead healthy, active lives without restrictions on what they can do. However, fusion surgery is often costly, and it can have a lengthy recover period during which patients may not be able to work. In these circumstances, those whose surgeries were necessitated by injuries caused by others may need to take legal action in order to recover compensation for their losses. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we can help injury victims in this position to pursue justice. Call us at (212) 779-0057 today to learn more about what we can do for you.
The law firm has obtained many successful results on behalf of clients who have undergone these procedures. This includes a 2.6 million dollar settlement for a construction worker who underwent a neck fusion, a jury verdict of over 2.1 million dollars for a man who underwent a lumbar fusion following an automobile accident and a worker who underwent an ankle fusion who received a settlement of 2 million dollars in a premises liability case.