Neurosurgery Treatment on Lien in Phoenix AZ for the Injured Patient
A head injury is one of the most common types of trauma that can cause permanent damage in adults. There are all kinds of head injuries ranging from mild bumps on the head to concussions to internal bleeding caused by some sort of trauma. In general, a head injury is a comprehensive term that occurs on any part of the head, including the scalp, skull, or brain.
Arizona neurosurgeons offer first rate treatment for head injuries in Phoenix, and also for spine injuries as well. For those who need a neurosurgeon for treatment of a head or spine injury under a personal injury lien in AZ, USAN has assembled a network of neurosurgeons and neurologists.
There are many different ways to treat head and spine injuries, depending on the severity of the injury. The most serious of head and spine injuries may require some form of neurosurgery.
Types of Head Injuries
There are many types of head injuries that vary in seriousness and treatment options. These injuries include concussions, skull fractures, intracranial hematomas, and others. Concussions result from some sort of injury to the cranial area that may cause loss of awareness and/or alertness for a temporary time following the injury.
Skull fractures are also the result of trauma, and are breaks in the skull bone. There are four major types: linear skull fractures, depressed skull fractures, diastatic skull fractures, and basilar skull fractures. Intracranial hematomas are blood clots that can form as a result of trauma that range from mild annoyances to life-threatening severity.
Treatment of Head Injuries
While treatment for head injuries is very individualized, a common thread when determining what kind of treatment is necessary is measuring the intracranial pressure present. Because head injuries can cause the brain to swell, it is important to measure the amount of swelling within the brain in order to determine what course of action is necessary for the specific brain injury.
For example, with a low intracranial pressure, it may only be necessary to monitor the patient’s brain function for a short time. But with high intracranial pressure, more drastic options could need to be considered when attempting to lower it.
If there is substantial brain swelling or bleeding, surgery will be the most likely course of action to be taken. This will allow doctors to lower the intracranial pressure by giving them direct access to the injury causing it. For most traumatic brain injuries that require surgery, doctors use measurements of intracranial pressure, CT scans, and other neurological tests to determine the size and placement of the contusion or hematoma before going into surgery. This is done so that the surgeons can locate the lesions and remove them more easily.
The surgery itself is complicated and has a long recovery process. First, the hair is shaved so that an incision can be made into the scalp without any debris blocking its path. Then, the surgeon cuts into the scalp, removes the bone, and carefully cuts into the dura matter in order to get at the brain itself.
If the skull bone was damaged prior to surgery, the surgeon is careful to remove any of the pieces that may have shattered so that they do not contaminate the area. In this case, if the pieces are small enough, they may not be replaced at the end of surgery.
After the area is clear, the surgeon goes into the brain and removes the lesion, and proceeds to close the brain. The surgeon will first make sure that the brain is not bleeding, then close the dura matter, put the skull bone back into place, and close the scalp with an incision.
If, however, the intracranial pressure is not lowered by the time the doctor tries to place the bone back onto the head, he or she may not put it back on until the pressure has decreased somewhat. This may take several weeks, after which the surgeon will go back into the scalp in order to replace the bone.
After an auto accident, individuals may end up with injury to the spine. This may include a soft tissue injury such as ligament or disc injury, or fractures. These injuries may be extremely delicate, and require significant workup with imaging. Having both spine surgeons in Phoenix and imaging centers that accept personal injury liens is not so easy to find.
That is what USAN has assembled, a Network of Phoenix spine surgeons, imaging centers and surgery centers that accept personal injury liens for treatment. If the spine injury involves a herniated disc or fracture that requires surgery, it will be crucial for both the spine surgeon and facility to accept your personal injury claim for the medical charges. No worries with the USAN Network!
Head and spine injuries can be very dangerous if left untreated for any long period of time. While most head injuries are mild and do not require surgery, those that do are handled very carefully so as not to expose the brain to anymore unnecessary damage.
Patients who undergo neurosurgery following traumatic brain or spine injuries have a long recovery process both physically and neurologically. They will have to perform neurological tests in order to ensure the damage to the brain is not permanent.
The top neurosurgeons and neurologists in Phoenix AZ that accept liens are part of the USAN provider network. Not only will USAN get you in quickly to be seen, they will manage all of your care to facilitate the best outcome possible.
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