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Doctor insights on: Are There Special Neurosurgeons Who Do Brainstem Operations

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Are there special neurosurgeons who do brainstem operations?

Are there special neurosurgeons who do brainstem operations?

Yes: Brainstem surgery is performed in a few centers across the country. I routinely operate on the brainstem. ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon (Definition)

A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes brain, spine, and peripheral nerve problems. The most common surgeries done are for back/neck problems, head injuries, brain tumors, aneurysms, and strokes. Training for neurosurgery is usually 6-8 years of residency training after medical school. There ...Read more


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Complications of cubital tunnel surgery a "second opinion" neurosurgeon (from our same ppo) is suggesting an operation to re-route a nerve due to anterior subluxations after the failure of cubitual tunnel surgery; meaning, to loop the nerve around the el

Complications of cubital tunnel surgery a "second opinion"  neurosurgeon (from our same ppo) is suggesting an operation to re-route a nerve due to anterior subluxations after the failure of cubitual tunnel surgery; meaning, to loop the nerve around the el

Reasonable: Most often, a cubital tunnel decompression will not have to be revised. Sometimes, moving the nerve forward is necessary, either because the nerve is unstable or because the decompression was not enough surgery to take care of the original nerve problem. Currently treatment is most often to perform a decompression and then do the transposition later only if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the best way to see if Neurosurgeon is really qualified to perform surgery I need?

What is the best way to see if Neurosurgeon is really qualified to perform surgery I need?

Like seeking help: from any doc, ask him/her how many surgeries of the type you have need of he/she has performed. Also ask if the doc is board certified which shows experience and exams beyond what is essential. Second opinions always a good idea. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Question for a neurosurgeon : i know there are other factors involved but is a 3mm centralized herniation ever big enough to require surgery?

Question for a neurosurgeon : i know there are other factors involved but is a 3mm centralized herniation ever big enough to require surgery?

Possibly: It really depends on the circumstances. I would say usually, surgery probably wouldn't be needed. But if there is a congenitally small canal, direct contact of a nerve causing radiculopathy, or if there is a focal angulation causing draping of the spinal cord, theses are both cases where a small disc herniation might still warrant surgical consideration. ...Read more

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Gone to neurosurgeon twice and he doesnt no why my shunt is vibrating in my head he is one of the best in the country could surgery b the only option ?

Gone to neurosurgeon twice and he doesnt no why my shunt is vibrating in my head he is one of the best in the country could surgery b the only option ?

Shunts: can cause all kinds of symptoms including weird sensations to the head and it doesn't necessarily indicate a malfunction. If the problem is very bothersome why not take a 2nd opinion to verify your neurosurgeons assessment? ...Read more

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Back surgery - spine ortho vs neurosurgeon?

Back surgery - spine ortho vs neurosurgeon?

Ortho biased: As an orthopaedic surgeon, i feel our 5yrs of residency plus fellowship training in spine surgery, give us an advantage in treating spinal problems. We are well versed in biomechanics, bone healing and metabolism, as well as biomaterials. Our knowledge base is grounded in musculoskeletal care, which includes bone, joint, muscle, nerve, ligament, tendon and skin. ...Read more

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Is it come for 33 year old male to have spinal bifida occults? Why are neurosurgeon insisting for surgery? Any long term effects if left alone?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida occulta is quite common and indicates the persistence of a tiny embryonic neurofibromas that failed to close completely. The danger is persistent infection which is often hard to eradicate. Surgery may be required to eliminate that threat before any infections occur. ...Read more