Trauma surgery is enhanced type general surgery that includes treating those injured in car accidents, bicycle or motorcycle accidents, trips and falls, skiing or snowboarding accidents, as well as many other unforeseen activity-related injuries.
We specialize in trauma surgeries, such as:
Patients with severe abdominal trauma may require surgery to fix uncontrollable bleeding or injury to the internal organs (liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, intestines, etc.). Some patients may have injuries to solid organs (liver or spleen) which does not require surgery, but does require close monitoring in the hospital and follow up for a couple months after the injury.
Blunt abdominal trauma is regularly encountered in the emergency department. Victims of blunt trauma often have other injuries as well. Blunt abdominal trauma most often results from car/ bike/ motorcycle accidents, pedestrians hit by a vehicle, direct blow to the belly (hit, kicked, tackles in contact sports), and falls (from height or from standing).
The spleen is the most commonly injured organ, followed by the liver and kidneys. Less commonly, the gastrointestinal tract (the intestines) can be injured as well.
In car accidents, passengers wearing a lap-belt without a shoulder attachment can suffer injury from the seatbelt forcefully compressing the abdomen. Tearing forces created by sudden stopping can cause injuries of both solid organs (liver, spleen, kidneys) and hollow organs (intestines) at their points of attachment to the abdominal cavity.
Broken ribs or pelvic bones can also lacerate (or cut into) abdominal organs.
Unrestrained (not wearing a seatbelt) victims are at higher risk of injury than those who are restrained (wearing a seatbelt)
A variety of diagnostic tests can be used to determine abdominal injuries including:
- An ultrasound of the abdomen, usually performed in the Emergency Room, to determine if there is blood in the abdominal cavity.
- A CT scan of the chest and abdomen which looks at the bones and the soft tissues.
Chest trauma includes fractures of the ribs and/or sternum (breast bone), or sometimes severe bruising to the chest without fractures. This can be very painful and may require treatment in the hospital. This may also require surgery to remove blood or air from the chest cavity, or to fix the fractures.
As general surgeons, we also oversee all patients that are injured (trauma) and seen at Good Samaritan Medical Center, including anything from a minor fall to multiple severe injuries from a high-speed motorcycle accident, and everything in between. Some of these injuries may require surgery, sometimes from a general surgeon or sometimes from specialist surgeons (such as neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon; some injuries do not require surgery but may still require treatment in the hospital and close follow up, depending on the type and severity of injuries.<>Surgical Care
To help our patients heal faster and more completely, we approach treatment as a team effort so that you are totally confident in our plan for treatment and surgery if necessary.We routinely provide surgical care for: