Neurological trauma includes injuries to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, as well as their coverings (skull and spine). These injuries can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports, assaults, farming accidents, gunshot wounds, and other mechanisms.
In order to take care of these injuries, our neurosurgeons work with physicians in other specialties, such as trauma and acute care surgery and critical care surgery. We perform surgery to monitor intracranial pressure, repair skull fractures or stabilize spine fractures, or remove hemorrhages. During recovery, we may need to do surgery to treat post-traumatic hydrocephalus or repair cerebro-spinal fluid leaks. We work with Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians to help guide our patients' recovery. Patients may choose to participate in research protocols designed to improve their outcome.
Some injuries we treat include the following:
- Cerebral Contusion
- Diffuse axonal injury
- Epideral hematoma
- Gunshot wound to head or spine
- Intracerebral hemorrhage
- Intraventricular hemorrhage
- Subdural hematoma
- Spine fracture and/or dislocation
- Skull fracture