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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?
In general, whenever you speak to a surgeon, always ask for 3 things:
1. Risks (what are the most common risks of the surgery)
2. Benefits (why do you need the surgery)
3. Alternatives (are there any alternatives surgeries or medications to the procedure being suggested). ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers