Why would I need orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery is often needed when physical therapy fails to improve an injury, or when a body part is damaged to the extent that physical therapy would only cause more harm than good.
Orthopedic surgery can treat damage from a car accident injury to the bones, muscles, and other parts of the skeletal system. Some of the most common procedures include:
- Knee surgery
- Shoulder surgery
- Rotator cuff repair
- Herniated disc surgery
- Surgery to help repair broken bones
What are the different types of orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery is often performed via arthroscopy. With this method, a doctor makes a very small incision and performs the surgery while guided by a small camera inserted through this incision. Most arthroscopic surgeries are outpatient procedures. Sometimes, a patient who chooses local or regional anesthesiamay be able to view his or her procedure as it is performed. With this type of procedure, you are usually done and able to go home within a few hours.
Open surgery is also an option for orthopedic. For certain types of procedures, you will obtain better results this way than with arthroscopic surgery. Incisions can still remain relatively small in size. Recovery time and type of rehabilitation depends on the type and severity of injury you had, not on the type of surgery performed.
Are there possible complications associated with orthopedic surgery?
As with any type of surgery, there is at least a small risk of complication associated with the procedure. Normal post-operative conditions include:
- Increased pain or swelling immediately following surgery
- Fever for one or two days following surgery
- A minor amount of bleeding
If you experience ongoing pain and swelling, your fever doesn’t subside by the second day, or your wound is bleeding excessively, contact a doctor immediately.
What can I expect from orthopedic surgery recovery?
This depends on the type of injury you endured and where on your body you had surgery. For example, many knee surgery patients will need crutches or other walking aid, and may or may not be able to drive depending on which knee was affected. Shoulder surgery patients often find it more comfortable to sleep in a reclining chair or propped up in bed for the first few nights. Your doctor will consult with you on what to expect specifically from your particular surgery.
If you’ve been in a car accident in New Jersey and need orthopedic surgery, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our quick contact form for a FREE consultation.