Brain Injury and Surgical Advances
This past week we learned that well-known musician Dickey Betts, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, had suffered a TBI after falling and hitting his head. He had been playing with his dog and had already suffered a mild stroke the prior month. This news was quickly followed by reports that he would need to undergo brain surgery to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding. According to USA Today, the surgery was successful and he is recovering. The many advances in brain injury treatments, including surgeries after a car accident or serious slip and fall, saves lives.
Medical advances include improvements and standards in both diagnosis and treatment. This means that after a car, motorcycle or truck accident, the injured person has a better chance to be treated and recover from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than at any time in the past. Even with a slip and fall, we know that a significant head injury can result in a TBI. These traumas need immediate evaluation and treatment. Sometimes the accident or fall victim needs to be sedated, which appears to have been the case with Mr. Betts. The purpose of sedation is to minimize what is called secondary injury. In other words, the goal is to stabilize the patient so that additional injuries to the brain are minimized. Continue reading