Many people have suffered from a knee injury at one point in their lives. Whether the injury occurred while playing a sport or it happened due to some other event, the results of a knee injury can be long-lasting. Some of the more serious knee injuries are sustained during motor vehicle accidents. We encourage those considering knee-tear repair surgery to take note of the following information and continue seeking consultation from their physician, as this information is not intended to replace guidance from a medical professional.
As noted above, knee surgery may become necessary for any number of reasons ranging from participating in an outdoor activity to being injured in a car crash. Those who are hurt in a motor vehicle accident may experience injury to their posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), which is toward the back of the knee.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is toward the front of the knee, is most commonly injured during activities like football, basketball or skiing. The medial collateral ligament (MCL), which is on the inner side of the knee, is typically injured by a blow to the outer side of one’s knee.
When an individual experiences a complete tear of a knee ligament, knee ligament repair surgery may be necessary, as the tear may result in the person being unable to perform his or her normal activities. The surgery typically involves replacing the ligament with a portion of healthy tendon.
All surgical procedures come with certain risks. Complications can happen, which include possible infections, blood clots and bleeding. Some individuals face a limited range of motion in the knee, as well as periodic swelling after knee repair surgery.
Prior to undergoing surgery, the healthcare provider handling the surgery should fully explain the procedure and allow you to ask questions. You will be asked to sign various forms, one of which will be a consent form that gives the healthcare provider permission to perform the surgery. Be sure to read the document carefully and if you do not understand something in it, do not hesitate to ask questions.
Your healthcare provider will also need to know of any allergies you may have, as well as the types of medications you are taking. You may also be asked to fast prior to the surgery (usually for 8 hours).
It is important to note that surgical procedures will vary based on your surgeon’s practices, as well as your physical condition. You may be placed under general anesthesia that will put you to sleep, or the surgery may be performed while you’re awake under spinal anesthesia.
In general, the skin covering the surgical area will be cleaned and a small incision will be made. The surgery will be performed using a small tube-shaped instrument, the torn ligament will be reattached or reconstructed, small holes will be drilled in the area where the ligament was attached and ultimately, the incision will be stitched or stapled closed.
Once the surgery has been done, you may receive a knee immobilizer and/or crutches prior to going home. When you get home, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions with respect to keeping the surgical site clean. Additionally, if you experience any swelling, bleeding, drainage from the surgical site, increased pain around the surgical area and/or fever, you should contact your doctor right away.
You may experience some difficulty with performing your normal routine for a few weeks due to limited mobility. That said, you may want to consider having someone help you with certain household chores, as well as driving.
Injury Funds Now (IFN) can provide a Florida lawsuit cash advance for many types of surgery claims. Injured parties who are working with attorneys are encouraged to contact us after they’ve had surgery to find out how we can help them meet their financial obligations while they continue to recover and await an outcome to their case. In some cases, IFN may even be able to advance funds towards surgical co-pays if the doctor or hospital is not able to cover everything on an LOP. In those cases, please feel free to contact us prior to your surgery and make sure to include the amounts you need to get your surgery done.
Once you apply to IFN, you will receive a response, typically within 24 hours of applying. You will not be subjected to a credit, income or employment check and there are no unknown fees associated with the cash advance. To learn more about our application process, call the Injury Advance Hotline at 1-866-68-FUNDS (36837) or use the online contact form.