Traumatic Brain Injury
Whether it’s a mild concussion or a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), most head injuries require immediate medical attention. The Level I trauma center at Richmond University Medical Center is prepared to deal with these cases 24/7 and always has a surgical team on standby.
Although concussions and TBIs are both the result of a direct hit to the head – usually from falls and motor vehicle accidents – patients with TBIs often have a longer road to recovery.
A TBI occurs when the neurons (brain cells) become damaged. Because of the damage, they’re unable to carry signals to the rest of the body correctly. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, the symptoms of a TBI will vary. Some of the most common symptoms include memory problems, loss of bodily control, poor coordination, mood/personality changes and difficulty with vision, speech and sleep.
In order to correct or prevent these problems from worsening, doctors may decide that surgery is the best option followed by a rehabilitation program. At the Richmond Brain and Spine Center, neurosurgeons will create a treatment plan personalized to the individual patient.
TBI Treatment In NYC
When a TBI occurs, in some instances, a localized mass lesion will form. These lesions are either hematomas – blood clots in/on the brain – or contusions, which are bruised brain tissue. Surgery is performed to repair the damage and lessen pressure on the brain.
To do so, the neurosurgeon will remove a portion of the patient’s skull to access and remove the lesion. Afterward, the bone will be returned. However, if the brain swells, the bone may be left off until the swelling reduces.
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If you or a loved one experienced a traumatic brain injury in the Staten Island or NYC area, have peace of mind knowing that advanced, comprehensive care is available at RUMC. Learn more about TBI care options at the Richmond University Medical Center by contacting us today.