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Traumatic brain injury treatment has advanced in recent years

Brain injuries years ago were more difficult to understand than they are today. Just in the past decade, significant progress has been made in helping patients with traumatic brain injuries to get appropriate treatments and to recover from their injuries. These advances may give West Virginia brain injury victims greater hope about their futures.

A major reason medical doctors know more about brain injuries today is because many soldiers suffered these injuries while fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. More federal funds are becoming available to explore how to address brain injuries as a result of these wars. Even though surgery hasn’t necessarily changed in the recent past, more patients today are experiencing fuller recoveries and suffering fewer complications due to improved monitoring.

For instance, doctors traditionally simply monitored intracranial pressure. Now, they are measuring oxygen in the brain. In addition, more ICUs designed specifically for patients with neurologic problems have been created. The science involved in treating injuries of the brain is escalating now, just as it did back during World Wars I and II. In fact, it was these wars that resulted in rapid advances in the neurosurgery field.

Another development in the industry is that neurosurgeons can use three-dimensional televisions when they train. A person with traumatic brain injuries caused by another party’s negligence, from a car crash or another accident scenario, has the right to try to hold this party financially responsible for his or her injuries. If a judge in West Virginia determines that the other party was at fault, the injured victim may be entitled to monetary compensation, which can help to cover the cost of today’s potentially promising brain injury treatments.

Source: myfoxtwincities.com, "BRAIN TRAUMA: Treatment, recovery results improve drastically", Rob Olson, June 12, 2014

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