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What types of surgery are used to treat internal bleeding?

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If you’re bleeding severely inside your body, you may need surgery. What type you get will depend on where and how much you’re bleeding:

  • Exploratory laparotomy: A surgeon makes a large cut on your belly to seal off any leaking blood vessels.
  • Thoracotomy: The surgeon cuts along your rib cage or the breastbone. This is done for bleeding around the heart or lungs.
  • Craniotomy: After a traumatic brain injury, a surgeon may make a hole in the skull to relieve pressure.
  • Fasciotomy: A surgeon can cut deeply into the thigh to relieve pressure and to stop the bleeding.

From: Internal Bleeding Due to Trauma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cameron, J. 10th edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2011. Current Surgical Therapy,

Diercks, D. , 2011. Annals of Emergency Medicine

Browner, B. 4th edition, W.B. Saunders, 2008. Skeletal Trauma,

American Heart Association. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

Cameron, J. 10th edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2011. Current Surgical Therapy,

Diercks, D. , 2011. Annals of Emergency Medicine

Browner, B. 4th edition, W.B. Saunders, 2008. Skeletal Trauma,

American Heart Association. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 23, 2017

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