Brain Injury Treatment: Surgery
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How Are Head Injuries Surgically Treated?
The treatment of a
head injury will be based on its severity. Of the types of injuries already listed
on other pages in this site, the following is a rough guide as to what
Intracerebral bleeding, or bleeding in the spaces surrounding the brain,
almost always requires surgery. Since there is pressure in the skull,
some relief of that pressure is normal procedure. Obviously, this will
depend on the severity, but surgery is typically an essential part of
The easiest solution to alleviating pressure is to drill a small hole in
the skull, which is called a craniotomy. The surgeon will try to repair
the damage inside the skull and then once completed, physicians will often
place a monitor inside the skull to monitor the pressure. The same hole
can also be used to remove a deadly blood clot, should there be one present.
A craniotomy, by definition, is when the piece is removed and a procedure
is completed in the operating room, then the piece is replaced at the
end of the surgery and allowed time to heal again. Sometimes metal plates
or screws hold the small piece in place until the bone can grow together
Should a small hole fail to alleviate the pressure, the physician may opt
to remove one of the skull bones to allow more room for expansion of the
swelling. That more complicated process of removing a piece of skull to
get to the injury beneath is called a craniectomy. Typically, a much larger
piece of skull is removed and not returned immediately. The skull itself
may have been severely damaged and needs to be removed and pieced together
with a man-made substance; or it may be the several surgeries may be necessary
and doing multiple craniotomies would do more harm than good, and craniectomy
would be proscribed. Typically, though, a piece or removed skull will
be placed back into the patient’s body somewhere to keep the bone
safe. Often a small incision is made in the abdomen’s fatty tissue,
where it’s preserved by the patient’s own body.
Patients with excessive bleeding within the skull will often be put on
life support since they may be at risk of having trouble in basic respiration
and heart function. Proper medication will be utilized to prevent additional
swelling as well as bleeding and other complications.
Treatment of a patient is always designed to return him or her to the level
of brain function present prior to the trauma.
For minor head injury patients, often simple observation and control of
symptoms is proscribed. For example, as long as no bleeding is detected,
the patient will be treated for headache pain and be given anti-nausea drugs.
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