There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for a traumatic brain injury, as no two people are faced with identical circumstances.
While not always the case, there are instances in which the best way to treat a traumatic brain injury is through surgery (among other types of treatment).
After a thorough examination, including a variety of imaging tests, your medical team will determine if surgery is necessary. This is typically the case if one of the following problems requires attention:
- Bleeding in the brain: A common concern after a blow to the head, surgery is often required to stop bleeding in the brain.
- Removal of a blood clot: Bleeding within or around the brain can result in clotted blood, which puts pressure on the brain. If the blood clot is not removed in a timely manner, it can cause irreversible damage to the brain tissue.
- Skull fracture: Depending on the location and severity, surgery may be necessary to repair a skull fracture. There are also times when pieces of the skull are removed, such as if they pose a threat to the brain.
- Relieve pressure: Opening a window in the skull will help relieve pressure, thus giving damaged and swollen tissue room to heal.
After surgery and the subsequent rest period, most people find that they require rehabilitation. This is often necessary to help relearn basic living skills, such as talking, walking and showering.
There are a variety of rehabilitation specialists to assist you during this difficult time, including but not limited to:
- Occupational therapist
- Physical therapist
- Speech and language pathologist
- Rehabilitation nurse
- Case manager
- Social worker
- Vocational counselor
It’s critical to follow the direction of your surgical team after any procedure, as they know the steps you can take to work toward a full recovery.
If the negligence of another person resulted in a traumatic brain injury, such as in a car or bicycle accident, find time to learn more about your legal rights in Colorado and how to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.
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