We found 3 trauma surgeons who accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida near Lakeland, FL.

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Specializes in Trauma Surgery
1629 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Rodney Durham is a trauma surgeon in Lakeland, FL. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Dr. Durham graduated from Medical College of Georgia and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He is conversant in French.

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Specializes in Trauma Surgery
130 Pablo Street
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. John Hower, who practices in Lakeland, FL, is a medical specialist in trauma surgery. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Hower graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Trauma Surgery
1324 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, FL
 

Dr. Rona Altaras works as a trauma surgeon. Dr. Altaras is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO.

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What is Trauma Surgery?

Accidents and injuries are the leading cause of death in the United States for patients under 40. When injuries are severe enough to require emergency surgery, patients may be treated by a trauma surgeon, a doctor who specializes in providing surgical help to save critically injured patients.

Due to the nature of their work, trauma surgeons are most often located in emergency departments of hospitals. The specialty is closely related to emergency medicine and acute care surgery, but trauma surgery specifically focuses on surgical care needed to repair sudden and unexpected physical injuries.

Some examples of the kinds of injuries and procedures that a trauma surgeon might see include:
  • Blunt trauma, such as a car accident or fall
  • Penetrating trauma, such as a gunshot, stab wound, or deep cut
  • Crushing trauma, such as some work or machinery accidents
  • Severe burns
  • Tracheostomy, an emergency surgery to open a blocked airway

Trauma surgeons work with patients of all ages, from babies to senior citizens, that arrive in the emergency room. They do the critical work of resuscitating and stabilizing patients who may be near death. They are able to make quick decisions about what care is needed and the best way to provide it. By providing urgent expertise and surgery in an emergency, they save lives.
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