A pelvic fracture is a serious matter. If no action is taken after the trauma, fracture fragments may not heal for a variety of reasons and may cause a painful nonunion. In situations with ongoing hemorrhaging associated with the pelvic fracture, delaying surgery can be deadly. Early pelvic stability can be life-saving.
Patients usually describe significantly improved comfort after pelvic fracture surgery. Their surgical wounds can be sore for several days, but this is a vast improvement compared to the pain generated from pelvic instability, which is alleviated by the procedure.
Pain medication is used only as necessary for the first week or so after surgery. Most patients are prescribed narcotics, to be taken orally, for a week or two following surgery. Eventually, the patient will have to strengthen and stretch the pelvic region with physical therapy. This process can be extensive depending on the severity of the injury.
Dr. Nicholas Mast is a specialist in surgery of the Hip and Pelvis located in San Francisco. His goal is to provide the highest quality care by “treating each patient as if they are your own family.” For more information about pelvic fractures and the recovery process, contact us.