The treatment of patients suffering from severe head trauma will take a long time – in most cases, at least. The recovery from severe head trauma can also take a long time and it is left up to the medical professionals dealing with the patient to satisfy them that the patient is in fact in a position to breathe freely and is in fact, in a good enough position to take care of their own health without requiring being on a ventilator; only then can the patient be left to fend for them.
The time taken to recover from severe head trauma can last a few days, or in some cases, it could take longer. It is up to doctors to decide when the patient should be released from the intensive care unit and when the tube inserted into the patient’s lungs can be removed. Of course, upon leaving the intensive care unit, a patient with severe head trauma will then need to be treated further in a neurological ward.
Further Treatment In A Neurological Ward
Patients of severe head trauma may even require having to spend some time in the neurological ward; in some instances, the patient may even be transferred to a hospital or even to a center for rehabilitation for severe head trauma patients.
Once a patient is allowed out of the intensive care unit he or she and also their family and friends will find life a lot easier to bear and family visits will also be permitted.
However, it is impossible to predict just how much time is required for a patient to recover completely from severe head trauma; it all depends on how severe were the injuries. In most cases, a neurosurgeon will be able to give an estimated timeframe; but, exactly how long it will take is still impossible to predict.
Generally, a patient of severe head trauma will require spending months before recovery is complete; the severity of the injury and degree of the recovery period are what will decide the time required to complete the recovery process. It is also possible that the recovery will take years to complete; the fortunate, of course (such as young patients,) may even be able to recover in a few months.
During the time that a patient is recovering from severe head trauma they will more often than not start to behave just like children do when they are developing into young adults. Uncommunicativeness, inappropriate behavior as well as baby-like acts are commonly noticed amongst patients undergoing recovery from severe head trauma.
The sad truth about head trauma rehabilitation is that in case there is also brain damage, a patient won’t be able to recover too quickly. Nevertheless, by following a few recommended steps it is still possible to prevent any further damage and this in fact, is the only silver lining on a dark cloud.