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Trauma Explained

Our team of Surgeons at Surgical Associates of Neenah, SC are the providers of trauma care for ThedaCare’ s Level II Trauma Center located in Neenah, WI. Trauma is often identified as a catastrophic car crash, the trauma surgeon may be one part of a surgical team that includes general surgeons (to repair internal abdominal injuries), vascular surgeons (to repair damage to blood vessels), orthopedic surgeons (to repair broken bones), and other surgeons as needed. The trauma surgeon is often the person responsible for prioritizing which of your injuries will be treated first and determining the order of the diagnostic and operative procedures needed.

Trauma surgery is the branch of surgical medicine that deals with treating injuries caused by an impact. For example, a trauma surgeon may be called to the emergency room to evaluate a patient who is a victim of a car crash.

The trauma surgeon is in the ER with the ER doctor when severely injured patients arrive. If surgery is needed, the trauma surgeon operates. If the patient needs to be admitted, the trauma surgeon assumes primary responsibility for the patient’s care, and provides follow-up care.

Learn more in this Annual Trauma Report for the Level II Trauma Center at Thedacare

Trauma is the injuries suffered when a person experiences a blunt force. You may also hear trauma referred to as a “major trauma.” Many trauma patients are the victims of car crashes, stabbings, and gunshot wounds. Trauma can also be caused by falls, crush type injuries, and pedestrians being struck by a car.

Traumatic injuries can affect internal organs, bones, the brain, and the other soft tissues of the body. No area of the body is immune to trauma, but trauma can range from minor (hitting your finger with a hammer) to major (being hit by a car traveling at a high rate of speed or falling off of a building).

The trauma team will include not only one or more surgeons, but also the paramedics who stabilize and transport the patient, nurses, anesthetist, respiratory therapist, radiographer, and the support of the medical laboratory scientists, including the blood bank.

From the Emergency Room to Surgery

If your condition requires trauma surgery, the trauma surgeon, will not only evaluate you in the ER, assess need for surgery, perform the surgery, and will also be follow you through recovery, rehabilitation, and discharge.

Insurance Taken

We accept most Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance plans

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more or schedule a surgery, give us a call at 920-215-0361 or submit a contact form.