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Can acetabular joint fracture treatment cause bowel incontinence?

Hi,I was hit by car while walking and release from the hospital diagnosed with just soft tissue damage. 5 months later i was determined to have an APC II open book fracture with a acetabular joint fracture on rt hip joint. It was fixed with an anterior symphyseal plate and pined rt hip joint. i now have chronic groin pain and rt leg pain and weakness, bowel incontience, sexual problems. My question is could a delay in treatment of the fracture be causing my problems and symptoms. joe
Wed, 30 Mar 2016
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hi there
chronic groin pain and sexual problems and bowel incontinence are known complications of severe pelvic fractures regardless of when the injury was treated. the damage is believed to have occurred at the time of injury and one could expect such complications with a grade II or III APC pelvic fracture. However the painful and weak leg could imply a pinched nerve around the screw at sacroiliac joint( at the back or that hip screw) If these symptoms started after the operation. I suggest you review your surgeon and report these symptoms.
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