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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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What questions should I ask my neurosurgeon at my back pain visit?

What questions should I ask my neurosurgeon at my back pain visit?

What is my diagnosi: Most neuro surgeons I know only see nerve pain leg arm pain pinched nerves don't cause most back pain spine bone joints muscles do.

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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


Dr. Ramin AmirNovin Dr. AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
17 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What is it important for me to ask my neurosurgeon before having temporal lobe surgery for epilepsy?

What is it important for me to ask my neurosurgeon before having temporal lobe surgery for epilepsy?

RBA: 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).

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Dr. Kevin Yoo Dr. Yoo
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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How much training do neurosurgeons get?

How much training do neurosurgeons get?

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.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What amount do neurosurgeons really make a year?

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.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What quantity of do neurosurgeons really make a year?

What quantity of do neurosurgeons really make a year?

Neurosurgeon: No sure what you are asking here - perhaps some more detail as to the question would be helpful

Dr. Jefferson Chen Dr. Chen
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: neurosurgeon?

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.

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin Dr. AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
17 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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What are the primary procedures performed by neurosurgeons?

What are the primary procedures performed by neurosurgeons?

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.

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
Neurosurgery
31 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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I have a question about becoming a neurosurgeon or a cardiacsurgeon.?

I have a question about becoming a neurosurgeon or a cardiacsurgeon.?

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.

Dr. Kevin Vaught Dr. Vaught
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I want to become a neurosurgeon. I was wondering how many hours do they work?

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.

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Dr. Kevin Vaught Dr. Vaught
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Does anybody have any tips for an 8th grader who wants to become a neurosurgeon?

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.

Dr. Patrick Connolly Dr. Connolly
Neurosurgery
19 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Is work as a neurosurgeon emotionally stressful?

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.

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Dr. Jefferson Chen Dr. Chen
Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Should I be seeing a neurosurgeon for suspected migraines.?

Should I be seeing a neurosurgeon for suspected migraines.?

Neurologist: 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.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Could a person with ADHD be a neurosurgeon?

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.

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Dr. Jason Sample Dr. Sample
Surgery
20 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How can a neurosurgeon tell if a shunt is overdraining?

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.

Dr. Kevin Vaught Dr. Vaught
Neurosurgery
24 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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What amount schooling do you need to become a neurosurgeon?

What amount schooling do you need to become a neurosurgeon?

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.

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Dr. Troy Reyna Dr. Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
40 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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How to find a very good neurosurgeon who has done lots of tumors?

Easy: Check with your local medical society. It is like checking with the better business bureau.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Where in phoenix az can I find a really good neurosurgeon? - I just moved here!

BNI: I worked in phoenix for a few years and highly recommend the barrow neuro institute. They are excellent! . Good luck.

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

Dr. Matthew Kozminski Dr. Kozminski
Neurology
12 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Atif Haque Dr. Haque
Neurosurgery
14 years in practice
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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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.

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