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Either: Either a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery are qualified to diagnose and treat spondylolisthesis. Treatment can range from conservative, nonoperative therapies (medications, physicial therapy) to complex surgical correction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians. ...Read more
No, most are not.: Most pediatric oncologists are fellowship trained pediatricians who study hematology/oncology. Pediatric surgeons complete surgery residency then a fellowship in pediatric surgery, then possibly subspecialization or special training with pediatric oncology. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Either: A lot depends on acute or chronic symptoms of gall bladder disease. Acute attack may end up in er with surgical consultation and therefore ordering of study by surgeon. If chronic pain, any physician either primary care, gastroenterologist, internist, or general surgeon can order the test. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Craniosyostosis: The pediatrician is concerned that the child may have elevated intracranial pressure. This can come from a number of things including premature fusion of the bone plates of the skull. A craniofacial plastic surgeon needs to evaluate this to ensure proper development. If the bones are fused then surgery may be required. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
They are not adults: Pediatric surgeons are surgeons w additional fellowship training in the surgical treatment of infants, children and young teens. Although some general surgeons treat children, for more specialized needs a pediatric surgeon is best. Remember children are not small adults, body size, chemistry and biology makes specialized care important. Pediatric surgeons usually affiliate w children's hospitals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should i see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?
Blood disorders: The scope of hematology varies from abnormalities in the production of certain cell lines in the bone marrow, to more serious diseases pertaining to malignancies in the bone marrow and lymph nodes. Hematology also covers the coagulation pathways or ability to clot. So you may be sent to a hematologist for something like anemia, i.e. Iron or B12 deficiency to leukemia/lymphoma. ...Read more
Hi, just wondering who would be better to report on my brain mra, a consultant radiologist or a neuro surgeon? Thank you
It depends: Both types of physicians serve different purposes. A radiologist, particularly a neuroradiologist, is best suited to interpret/read an MRI/MRA of the brain. A neurosurgeon is best suited to manage clinically what is going on(or in this case what may be found on imaging) particularly if it is surgical. Know, most headaches are nonsurgical and neurologist may be best in that case. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask for details: Ask about his personal experience and complication rates with the proposed surgery. Ask about alternatives to surgery. Ask what hospital the doctor does the most cases then find out how many of that surgery is done at that hospital. Compare that number to the doctors reported number and to the average number done at hospitals in the us. You want an experienced surgeon with low complication rates. ...Read more
How would I go about getting an appointment with an oral/maxillofacial surgeon? With a referral from a PCP, or would a different approach be better?
You just have to ask: Your question is best answered by the person doing the surgery. The most obvious reason is that the procedure is based on the diagnosis and the immediate pre operative evaluation. A not so obvious reason is training and experience. You informed consent is based, in part, on knowing the answers to these questions. So ASK. ...Read more
Neurologist determined I have spinal stenosis with several pinced nerves. Is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon a better treatment provider?
Spinal stenosis: Find a surgeon you trust. Traditionally, neurosurgeons did not reconstruct patients, but more-or-less decompressed patients and also did nerve-tumor work. Orthopaedic spine surgeons were more biomechanically trained to stabilize patients where needed. Nowadays, there is a lot of cross training, so find a good guy/girl you like. Ask prior patients or look at rating on the web for local docs! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Classically, pediatric oncologists are pediatricians who have completed special training in the care of children with cancer. This special training is called a fellowship and typically lasts three or four years after completion of a three year pediatric residency. The surgeons who care for children with cancer are not referred to as pediatric oncologists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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