Know Your Doctors: Neurosurgeons
The brain and bones are more likely to get injured during an accident compared to other body parts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data from 2013, the leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are falling, blunt force to the head, and vehicle crashes.
TBI is a major cause of death and disability in the U.S., accounting for percent of injury deaths. Those who survive are at risk of short or long-term effects.
If the injuries happened in an accident that involved someone else, accident victims need the services of qualified neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. Learn what roles these two play in treatment, how they help accident patients, and why victims should seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.
Neurosurgeons specialize in diagnosing and surgically treating nervous system disorders. Their scope includes congenital abnormalities, trauma, tumors, infections, stroke, or other degenerative diseases. They work closely with neurologists, who handle the complex disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
Accidents may cause brain injuries, some of which either show up long after the incident has occurred or affect the patient for the rest of their lives. Neurosurgeons screen patients after an accident for possible nervous injuries. Doing so may reduce the risk of developing extensive damage or complications that can affect the patient in the long-term or cause fatal results.