A brain injury caused by a sudden trauma can be scary and overwhelming for both the patient and loved ones. Expert diagnosis and treatment is extremely critical. At the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at the Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute, we specialize in providing leading-edge diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries caused by sudden brain trauma.
A Team You Can Count On
Physicians at the Traumatic Brain Injury Center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide patients with the latest multimodality treatments for head injuries ranging from mild to severe.
We address both the immediate medical and long-term rehabilitative needs of our patients.
Our expert team of neurosurgeons and neurologists design a personalized traumatic brain injury treatment program, depending on the extent of the condition, to ensure maximum recovery from sudden brain trauma. Approaches to traumatic brain injury can range from rest and observation to medical management with ongoing intracranial pressure and brain oxygen monitoring, to performing decompression surgery for pressure relief. Electroencephalography may also be used to ensure that the patient is not experiencing any seizures. Comprehensive evaluations for memory loss and other cognitive problems are crucial to determining what sort of follow-up care may be needed. Our physicians also work with patients who are unable to speak due to their injury to establish alternate methods of communication, such as using eye contact and other nonverbal cues. Ensuring that the patient can communicate is key to neurorehabilitation.
Trauma and Neurocritical Care
Our traumatic brain injury specialists work closely with physicians in our American College of Surgeons–certified level I trauma center to treat patients with polytrauma. The adult trauma center, located at North Shore University Hospital, is equipped to address all levels of medical and traumatic emergencies. Southside Hospital, also part of Northwell Health, is a level II trauma center. Children are treated at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, the first regional pediatric trauma center in the downstate/Long Island region and one of only three such centers in all of New York State to receive this designation.
The addition of North Shore University Hospital’s air medical transport program in conjunction with Yale-New Haven Health System (SkyHealth) further enables our Trauma Center to treat the most critically ill patients, including those with traumatic brain injury. Moreover, our neuroscience ICU plays an important role in providing around-the-clock monitoring of changes in our patients’ brain function and in post-surgery management.
What to Expect
During your first visit, you will meet with our traumatic brain injury team. We will obtain a detailed history and conduct a thorough examination. We will review any pertinent imaging or testing and discuss the results with you and your family. By the end of the appointment, a plan of care will be developed, which may include additional testing, therapies, rehabilitation, referrals or treatments, as well as any follow-up visits.
Through Northwell Health’s inpatient and outpatient neurorehabilitation programs, patients with traumatic brain injury receive comprehensive care from physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, neuropsychiatrists and neuropsychologists. Our experienced team of specialists can help patients contend with the psychological and social challenges of their injury and can improve cognition, communication, mobility and the ability to perform daily household activities. Our goal is for patients to regain a sense of normalcy in their lives.