Reproductive Issues with Pelvic Trauma
I’m Ed Smith, a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento. The pelvis is one of the largest bones in the body. It protects critical internal organs, such as those needed for pregnancy. Unfortunately, trauma to this region can lead to fertility issues. A recent case report regarding a motorcycle crash demonstrated this. The pelvis is a thick bone that connects the legs to the torso. In males and females, the pelvis protects the bladder. In women, the pelvis also holds the uterus. Therefore, the pelvis plays a vital role in pregnancy. Trauma to the pelvis can lead to problems with conception.
Some important information regarding trauma and pregnancy includes:
Rate: Trauma impacts 1 in every 12 pregnancies, according to a study by the Department of Health.
Abuse: Of these traumas, 17 percent come from instances of abuse.
Baby: When the mother suffers a serious injury, the baby dies about half of the time.
Accidents: Based on the study of these traumas, about half of them occur in a motor vehicle accident.
Clearly, auto accidents are a serious concern. If the front end of someone’s car strikes another object, the hood of the vehicle can collapse. The forces of the accident can be transmitted up the legs into the hips and pelvis, leading to hip dislocation, femur fracture, or even a broken pelvis. Other mechanisms of pelvic trauma include bike and motorcycle accidents, which a recent case report described.
Treatment of Pelvic Injuries: A Motorcycle Accident
Recently, a case report was published describing a motorcycle accident. A female motorcycle rider became frustrated with traffic conditions and attempted to lane-split. Unfortunately, traffic became too narrow at a certain point. She collided with one of the cars and was thrown from her motorcycle, sustaining multiple serious injuries. Emergency medical personnel were called to the scene. She was transported to a near by hospital and received numerous imaging scans. Despite her severe injuries, she eventually made a full recovery. It wasn’t until later when she had trouble becoming pregnant, that some complications developed.
Long-Term Complications can Develop
Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, this woman had trouble becoming pregnant. There are multiple reasons why severe trauma can make it difficult for a woman to have a baby. Possible reasons behind this include:
- Adhesions: The body often responds to injury by creating adhesions, which help to hold the organs in their proper location. These adhesions are part of the healing process. Unfortunately, these adhesions can also make it difficult for an embryo to implant correctly.
- Ectopic Pregnancy: This type of trauma also makes it more likely that an ectopic pregnancy will occur. This is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. Ectopic pregnancies can occur inside of the abdominal cavity or in the fallopian tubes. This can be dangerous, notably if the ectopic pregnancy ruptures. This can lead to massive blood loss and, potentially, death.
- Ovulation: Some women have difficulty with their ovulation cycle after a significant traumatic event. This can make it difficult to become pregnant because the process of fertilization can be derailed.
Help with Pelvic Trauma and Fertility
Fertility problems related to pelvic trauma can lead to stress for a family. Difficulty having a child combined with financial problems from medical bills is enough to make anyone ask for help. Those who are in need should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. An attorney can help complete paperwork, talk with insurance companies, and interpret medical records. Together, they can review all of the options on the table.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento. Those who need assistance with pelvic trauma should reach out to me here: (916) 921-6400 to receive free, friendly advice. Visitors may also speak with me using our office’s toll-free line: (800) 404-5400.
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