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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
What is it important for me to ask my neurosurgeon before having temporal lobe surgery for epilepsy?
Training: Neurosurgeons are required to attend a 4 year University, folllowed by medical school which is another four years of education. After such, neurosurgery residency is typically six to seven years of training. We are trained in both spine and brain surgery. There are also fellowships (for specialized training) one can apply for after completing a residency program. ...Read more
Varies widely: Your questions are given to a pool of doctors of every specialty. Your question cannot be answered via this method. Please search for a neurosurgeon on this forum and arrange for a virtual consult if you have neurosurgery-specific questions. Good luck! ...Read more
Neurosurgeons: The amount varies quite significantly based on where the surgeon is in private practice or an academic practice. Plus location is key as pay varies quite a bit depending on where you work. The range can be from $150, 000.00 t over a one million dollars a year. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: No sure what you are asking here - perhaps some more detail as to the question would be helpful ...Read more
Brain and Spine surg: 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 is frequently fellowship training. ...Read more
Wide array: Neurosurgeons can perform a wide array of procedures, including (but not limited to): craniotomies, transphenoidal pituitary surgery, gamma knife radiation, Deep Brain and Vagus nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, peripheral nerve tumor resection or nerve decompression, Spine surgery of all sorts, evacuation of strokes, etc. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: We often question ourselves when we are going through training and later in practice. It is a wonderful privilege to save lives and restore people who are disabled. There are still many opportunities to be a pioneer and advance the field of neurosurgery and cardiac surgery. Follow your passion and you will be successful. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on many factors. Having said that, neurosurgeons commonly work far more hours than most physicians. I typically see my hospitalized patients 7 days a week. I am on call every third day and average 70-80 hours a week. It is not uncommon to work much more than that if emergencies require it. ...Read more
Sure: Dedicate yourself to your school work. When old enough, look for volunteer opportunities in a local hospital. Plan to do what it takes to do very well in college. Being a physician is very rewarding. However, it requires supreme dedication and sacrifice along the way. Being a neurosurgeon requires a life-long commitment to your patients and their families. Good luck. ...Read more
It can be: We want all of our patients to do well, but that doesn't always happen, because they often hqve very bad diseases. We go to work every day, do the best work we know how, cherish victories and learn from defeats. ...Read more
A neurologist would be more helpful for the diagnosis and treatment of migraines.
A neurosurgeon performs operations on the brain-that is not the treatment for migraines. ...Read more
If treated, yes: It depends on how severe the adhd is, how committed the person is to getting help for it, and how successful that treatment is. A neurosurgeon has to be able to focus intensely in very small areas, and organize surgical approaches and process for patient welfare. Impulsiveness must be managed, and the inner urge to move has to be managed also. These are also areas of treatment in adhd. ...Read more
Neurosurgeon: 4 years college, 4 years med school, approx 5-6 years residency. Keep your goal in mind if that’s what you want to do. Go step by step. Get good high school grades. This is a very specific career path and don’t worry if your mind shifts to other things, such as other types of medicine or other professions. That’s what youth is for. ...Read more
Radiologic eval: In order to evaluate your shunt, the neurosurgeon would do a physical exam and then a head CT. They often look to see if the ventricles are completely collapsed. Too little CSF around the brain can cause problems too. Make an appointment to see your neurosurgeon and ask. ...Read more
Years of work: College, medical school, internship and neurosurgery residency. About 15 years later, you will be ready to be the new neurosurgeon in town, pay your dues and earn a reputation. ...Read more
Easy: Check with your local medical society. It is like checking with the better business bureau. ...Read more
BNI: I worked in phoenix for a few years and highly recommend the barrow neuro institute. They are excellent! . Good luck. ...Read more
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
My neurosurgeon doesn't think I need my shunt he said about tying it off does it need to be tied top and bottom? What does it involve?
I've had shunt taps before I and a neurosurgeon will want me to lay on my side. And I just wanted to know why do I have to lay on my side?
Typically this: Position is the standard for measuring pressure. Also, some are just used to doing the procedure this way. ...Read more
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
I am a complex case and having many issues and problems. I just do not know who to see, ortho, neurosurgeon. Who do I see that can cover spne, nerve?
Either one: Both orthopaedic spine specialists and neurosurgeons could evaluate you and give you advice. ...Read more
Heard that sometimes nct can come back normal, but there is still a nerve being pinched how can a neurosurgeon determined where the pain is comin from?
By exam: By evaluating you and ordering other tests if needed. See a spine specialist. ...Read more
Neurosurgery: Neurologists and neurosurgeons interact daily and work closely particularly in large hospitals and in the treatment of neurological disorders that require a team approach (stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, and movement disorders). Neurology is the medical side and neurosurgery is the surgical side of the clinical neurosciences. ...Read more
Those terms tend to: Be used interchangeably.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not one: I am not aware of any. There is an enormous difference between those two professions. ...Read more
What is the minimum amount of time I will need to go to collage to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.
Still 4 years, but: Another 4 years for med school, a graduate school, in addition to 5-7 years of residency training, so it is 13-15 years after high school to become a fully fledged Pediatric Neurosurgeon, wish you all the best ...Read more
Do I have a good chance of becoming a neurosurgeon with B's and C's in the first year of medical school?
Dedication: It requires excellent academic performance in medical school and superior performance during neurosurgical rotations. So you need to step it up moving forward. It is very competitive. You must be willing to work harder than most. Good luck. ...Read more
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