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Car Accidents Resulting in Back Injury May Require Decompression Surgery

Car Accidents Resulting in Back Injury May Require Decompression Surgery

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There are 12,500 spinal cord injuries each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center at UAB. Car accidents make up a large portion of these. Other ways to injure the spinal cord include falls and sports injuries. Often, surgery is necessary to regain mobility and to function in everyday life without suffering from severe levels of pain.

Scenarios Where Spinal Decompression Surgery is Used

When a car accident injury results in a bulged disc, a collapsed disc, bones spurs, stretched ligaments, or thickening of the joints, spinal decompression surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure that is being put on the spinal cord or nerve roots. These types of injuries can narrow or cause the spinal cord to rub up against the spinal column (bone). When nerve endings or the spinal cord itself is put under such pressure or friction, it can create tremendous pain.

Spinal Nerve Compression Symptoms

If you notice any of the following symptoms of spinal compression due to an injury suffered in a car accident, seek medical attention and experienced legal consultation:

  • Back pain;
  • Paralysis;
  • Numbness anywhere;
  • Weakness;
  • Inability to keep steady; and
  • Bladder or bowel issues.

Surgery Variations

The following types of spinal decompression surgery are available, according to the Cleveland Clinic:

  • Corpectomy surgery involves removing vertebra and discs;
  • Osteophyte surgery involves removing bone spurs;
  • Diskectomy surgery involves removing part of a disc;
  • Foraminotomy surgery involves removing tissue and bone in order to widen the nerve root openings to exit the spinal cord
  • Foraminotomy surgery, like foraminotomy Surgery, involves removing a very large section of tissue and bone to widen the nerve root ending;
  • Laminotomy surgery involves removing part the lamina bone from the spinal canal; and
  • Laminectomy surgery involves removing the entire lamina.

Certain cases require more than one of these procedures to alleviate spinal pressure.

Risks Involved in Spinal Decompression

  • Excessive bleeding;
  • An allergic reaction to anesthesia;
  • Clots;
  • Tissue damage;
  • Nerve damage; and
  • Infection.

Work with an Experienced Indianapolis Car Accident Attorney

Depending on the individual and the procedure, a hospital stay of four to five days is standard. Rehabilitation, pain medication, and physical therapy will most likely be needed to make a full recovery in alleviating spinal pain, of which 80 to 90 percent of spinal decompression surgeries are successful in doing. If you were injured in a car accident or in a premises accident that was no fault of your own, and you have had to undergo spinal decompression surgery, you may be entitled to damages to help pay for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact an experienced Indianapolis auto accident and personal injury attorneys at Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400 to discuss your legal options.

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