Summary by Ohio brain injury lawyer David Chester:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is very common with serious vehicle accidents. TBI can involve damage to many areas of the brain and spinal cord that generates long-term disabilities and in some cases death. New advances in medical technologies such as the AccuraScope lumbar noninvasive spinal surgeries are improving the outcome of TBI's helping people to live pain free. If you've been in a motorcycle accident, truck accident, pedestrian or car accident and your accident was caused by the carelessness of another person, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Chester Law Group in Ohio to get assistance on what you need to do to protect your rights and possibly learn about new medical breakthroughs, 800-218-4243.
Author of this article: Susan Ardizzoni Ph.D.
Vehicle accidents can leave behind permanent brain and body damage and in particular traumatic brain damage (TBI). Fortunately, advances in medical techniques are developing ways to allow for complete recovery depending on the seriousness of your injury.
The newest of spinal technologies is known as the AccuraScope procedure that has the ability to remove spinal pressure due to herniated discs as well as remove scar tissue from previous surgeries. This procedure is minimally invasive and is used to diagnose and treat lumbar discs, spinal stenosis and many other problems to reduce and cure your back pain. This procedure is simple and involves using a live X-ray for guidance, a tiny incision through the skin at the base of the spine, a fiber-optic scope and a laser tube.
Physicians can insert this system through the incision and travel inside the spinal canal and actually see in great detail both sides of the spinal canal and observe any tears, ruptures, herniations, bulges and scar tissue as well as other spinal abnormalities. Since they have a clear picture of where the problem is, they can actually diagnose the source of the pain.
MRI scans can't come close to this as they lack in fine detail and often obscure the damaged area. Making use of a laser, the doctor can cut away a bulge in a disc which then seals itself removing pressure on your nerves hence removing pain. If scar tissue is observed, the laser can be used to remove the scar. The whole procedure takes about 30 to 40 minutes to complete and most patients report immediate pain relief. Patients are placed in a recovery room and are usually discharged after one hour.
Generally, patients can walk the same day as their procedure and can begin physical therapy exercises the next day and can return to work within a week.
The AccuraScope procedure has many benefits over other procedures simply because it is minimally invasive. The benefits involved include:
- A tiny incision at the base of the spine (about a quarter of an inch)
- Physician can actually diagnose the cause and source of your pain because they are looking directly at it
- Early treatment
- Generally produces immediate pain relief
- Low incidence for recurrence of your problem
- Minimal scarring
- Lowers the risk of damage to your muscles, bone, nerves and blood vessels relative to other surgical procedures
- Rapid recovery
If you've been in an accident and been injured, then you probably know there are a wide range of treatment options. The medical community has a standard course of therapies that should be followed for various pathologies. Even so, before you consider a surgical option, you should usually have tried other more conservative therapies. Such therapies involve massage, physical therapy, chiropractic alternatives, epidural anti-inflammatory injections and other pain management protocols. With severe spinal trauma, conservative therapies work for short periods. In fact, your back problems can worsen. Conservative approaches generally treat the symptoms and not the underlying cause. If conservative therapies are not relieving your back pain, it may be time to consider some form of surgical alternative.
One form of spinal surgery is known as open spine surgery. Research suggests that these surgeries are very high risk with very low success rates. Adverse side effects include long painful recovery times and damage to skin, muscle, ligaments, bone, blood vessels, nerves and normal disc tissues. In general, you get weakening of the spine by damaging all of its supporting structures. Open spine surgery causes scarring of tissue and should be considered the surgery of last resort. The reason for open surgery complications is due to the fact that they use an MRI to find were your problem is. MRI's have very poor resolution and quite often don't pick up the lesion. Even though open spine surgery is risky there are cases where it is warranted. If you have severe structural problems due to trauma or a congenital defect you might require the internal placement of pins, screws or other hardware. Obviously, open surgery is necessary. Talk with your personal injury lawyer before you make a decision.
Advances in medical procedures are moving away from invasive therapies such as the open spine surgery to relatively noninvasive treatments. There are many different surgeries that are classified as minimally invasive and make use of vastly different therapies. It is important to learn the differences so that you can make the right decision for your particular case. Check with your physician to see if the AccuraScope procedures are right for you. Your experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to provide initial information on these procedures to get you started.
If you've been in an accident and suffered a brain/spinal injury that was caused by the carelessness of another person, you should contact an experienced Ohio personal injury lawyer at the Chester Law Group in Ohio. This Personal injury law firm is experienced in vehicle accidents involving spinal/brain injuries and can guide you through a personal injury settlement.
Your Ohio injury lawyer will guide you every step of the way. Call the personal injury lawyers at Chester Law Group today to get the help you want from people that you can trust at 800-218-4243.