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Is surgery effective in treating traumatic brain injury?

Nobody wants to suffer a traumatic brain injury, but if this does happen, it's good to know one thing: There are a variety of treatment strategies that have been proven effective.

While not always the case, there are times when a traumatic brain injury is best treated with surgery. This can be a scary situation, but it is often the best way to treat a brain injury. Here are some of the problems surgery can correct:

-- Repairing a skull fracture. In the event of a skull fracture, surgery is almost always necessary. In some cases, this is needed to repair the fracture. Other times, it's used to remove a piece of the skull that is causing trouble.

-- Removing a blood clot. Bleeding within or outside the brain is extremely dangerous. This can lead to a blot clot, which puts pressure on the brain.

-- Relieve pressure. Surgery is often required to open a window in the skull, as to relieve pressure.

There are times when surgery is the most effective way to treat a traumatic brain injury. Once this procedure is complete, you can then work with your medical team to better understand what comes next.

Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident? Has your loved one been put in this difficult position? If so, you need to understand exactly what is going on in regards to your (or your loved one's) health. From there, you can also focus on the finer details of your legal rights, such as if you can file a claim to receive compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and drugs," accessed April 07, 2017

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