Were you involved in an accident that resulted in the need for neck fusion surgery? Injury Funds Now (IFN) understands how difficult it can be to deal with medical issues and remain on sound financial footing while you are unable to work. A lawsuit loan* from IFN may be just what you need to ensure your financial health remains intact while you recuperate from neck surgery due to an auto accident or other type of accident resulting from someone else’s negligence.
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), which is typically used to treat accident victims who are dealing with fractures, herniated discs, cervical radiculopathy or other neck-related issues, is a procedure that takes away a spinal disc by entering through the anterior (or front) area of the neck. The vertebrae above and below the disc is then held in place by way of a bone graft. The procedure helps the bones grow or “fuse” together to create one solid bone. This particular fusion is medically referred to as arthrodesis. Neck fracture operations are known as posterior cervical fusions.
Individuals who are suffering from symptoms related to cervical disc disease often choose to get neck fusions as they can be helpful in alleviating or ending their issues altogether. As we age, a person’s discs begin to deteriorate. However, when a person is hurt in an accident, the overall neck structure could sustain significant amounts of stress and strain that may ultimately lead to the beginning stages of disc collapse and decreased space between vertebrae.
When this happens, pressure on the nerves usually becomes more evident as the openings surrounding the spinal nerves begin to decrease in size and the long spinal ligaments loosen. The annulus or the outer rings of the disc also become weaker and begin to develop cracks, while the middle of the disc might begin to press on the weak annulus and/or squeeze out of the annulus. This occurrence is commonly known as a herniated disc.
Surgeons, along with the patient, may decide to perform a discectomy that involves taking the disc and disc fragments out from between vertebrae that will be fused together. If the symptoms that the individual suffers from stem from the discs, the discectomy should stop them from occurring.
Once the surgeon takes the disc out, the spinal bones are spread apart in preparation for a bone graft. The graft can come from either the top of the pelvis bone or a natural substitute or allograft can be used instead. The graft, which holds the vertebrae apart, makes the space larger and accordingly takes the pressure off of the nerves.
Once the bones are fused, no movement can occur. That said, keeping the injured or sore part of the neck stable will help lessen the pain and avoid further wear on the areas inside the fused portion. Additionally, neck fusions have been shown to reduce the size of existing bone spurs and keep new ones from happening. The ultimate hope is that the individual receiving the neck fusion will not have cervical disease-related issues or pain later in life.
As with all surgeries, it is important to note, however, that there are a number of risks associated with the ACDF procedure, such as complications related to nerve damage, infections, bone graft issues, anesthesia and ongoing pain, to name a few.
If you are going to have neck fusion surgery after an accident and you are wondering how you are going to meet your financial obligations while you recover, lawsuit funding, which is often referred to as a lawsuit loan, from Injury Funds Now (IFN) may be your answer.
As founders in the industry, the funds you receive from IFN can help you stay on top of your daily expenses, including your mortgage or rent, and any of your fusion-related medical bills. Best of all, there’s no risk to you and if you lose your case, you will not have to pay back one dime.
Applying for a Florida lawsuit loan is simple and can be done online. Once approved, you can receive your funds within 24 hours in most cases. If you have been hurt in an incident or automobile collision and you find yourself out of work due to a neck fusion or any other type of surgery, call us at 1-866-68-FUNDS (38637) or apply online today and find out how we can help you.
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