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Help With Healing: When Severe Fractures Need Surgery

Help With Healing: When Severe Fractures Need SurgeryHelping Fractures Heal

 

Many fractures can heal on their own with immobilization and time. Severe fractures are less likely to heal completely with these conventional treatment methods. Fortunately, modern technology has made it possible to repair severe fractures using sterile surgical techniques. For those suffering from unhealed fractures, surgical treatment can be the key to returning to a healthy, active life.

 

The Surgical Procedure

 

Surgical treatment for fractures involves first reducing the fracture (i.e., positioning the bone back in alignment). This is necessary for the bone to heal without any deformity. Then, the bone or bone fragments are held in place with hardware like plates, screws, wires, and pins. The hardware might need adjustments and eventual removal down the road.

 

The Drawbacks

 

Surgical treatment can reduce the chance of improper healing and help patients regain their functioning sooner. Despite these benefits, surgery is expensive and can be painful. It can also introduce new problems such as infection or ongoing adjustments to the support hardware.

 

Nevertheless, you need to treat your injury fully before you settle your claim. If your fracture heals improperly, you could suffer from discomfort and lack of mobility for the rest of your life. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you’ve healed to the extent that you can before you settle your claim. This is called reaching maximum medical improvement. Otherwise, you’d face potential ongoing medical costs for which you cannot seek compensation.

 

Working With Insurance Companies

 

When treating severe injuries after an accident, it’s a good idea to consult with a personal injury attorney about your options. Insurance companies will typically reimburse you for reasonable and necessary expenses, so you should work with an attorney and your healthcare provider to make sure your treatment is reimbursable. Also, you might need help getting your immediate medical bills paid before you settle, as surgery can extend your treatment timeline while the costs mount up.

 

You shouldn’t have to fight with insurance companies to get your medical bills paid. A personal injury attorney can help you get the treatment you need when you need it. An attorney can coordinate your insurance benefits, work with providers on medical liens, or find other methods of paying your bills while you heal. Also, consult with an attorney before you settle to make sure your compensation reflects your present and future medical bills and pain and suffering.

 

Filing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming, and Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer understands how you feel. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

 

How New Technologies Can Help Heal Severe Fractures

How New Technologies Can Help Heal Severe Fractures Bone fractures can be painful, take months to heal, and require ongoing physical therapy. Some severe fractures—like nonunion fractures— never fully heal properly and cause a lifetime of problems for the patient. Non-union fractures are common after severe auto accidents.

Bone Healing Goes Tech

Patients can suffer from their fractures even after surgeries and long periods of rehabilitation. And non-union fractures can cause problems with mobility, function, and quality of life. New technologies, however, offer more effective ways to heal severe bone fractures, giving patients a better chance of making a full recovery.

Instead of just providing support for bones to reconnect and grow back together, like a cast does, certain new technologies using gene and stem-cell therapy help generate bone growth. This speeds the healing process and results in a more seamless union.

A Better Way to Heal

Fractures can’t heal fully when the body doesn’t produce enough bone material on its own. Stem-cell therapies utilize stem cells. Stem cells can differentiate into many different types of cells to boost osteocyte (i.e., bone-forming cell) production. But stem cells can be difficult to harvest.

New methods of extraction are allowing doctors to collect more stem cells and bone material from the patient in a less invasive way. This new method makes use of fluid naturally produced during orthopedic procedures. The fluid contains stem cells from marrow and bone materials. When filtered and concentrated, this material helps heal severe fractures sooner.

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) can also trigger bone growth. Researchers have developed a new way of injecting BMP genes into bone-producing cells using a micro-delivery system and an ultrasound wand. This method is more effective than the older method of injecting BMP genes directly into the affected area.

The Prognosis

Gene therapy and stem-cell therapy are reinventing the way we treat severe fractures. But experiencing a severe fracture is still painful and takes time to heal. Being injured in an accident can be a traumatic ordeal. At a time when you should be focused on healing, you could find yourself battling with insurance companies to get your medical bills paid.

Whenever you suffer serious injuries in an accident, you should be working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Serious injuries—like nonunion fractures—can cause lifelong pain and complications. And your insurance settlement should reflect your future losses. An experienced Arlington Heights personal injury attorney can handle the tedious legwork of your claim while you focus on healing, ensuring you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

 

Getting the compensation you deserve shouldn’t be a battle, and Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Ronald F. Wittmeyer understands how you feel. With more than 30 years experience practicing plaintiffs’ personal injury law, we can fight aggressively on your behalf. Serving the Northwest suburbs including Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. helps level the playing field against major insurance companies and corporations. If you’ve been injured or involved in an accident, call our office at (847) 357-0403 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys. The sooner we can learn about your case and your needs, the more effective we can be at recovering fair and adequate compensation for your losses.

 

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Ronald F. Wittmeyer, Jr. practices plaintiffs' personal injury law at his office in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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