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Is a neuro surgeon or spine surgeon better equipped to do cervical spinal decompression?

Is a neuro surgeon or spine surgeon better equipped to do cervical spinal decompression?

Both able to: Neurosurgeons are spine surgeons by nature and receive training in spine surgery throughout their residency. Orthopedic spine surgeons generally do not get as much spine surgery training in residency, however they complete a spine surgery fellowship after residency. It ultimately comes down to the individual surgeon and how comfortable you are with them and he/she is with particular procedure. ...Read more

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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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How are an orthopedic surgeon and a cervical spine surgeon different?

How are an orthopedic surgeon and a cervical spine surgeon different?

Neck surgeon: Orthopaedic surgeons care for joints like knees , shoulders, etc. Some orthopaedic surgeons or neurosurgeons specialize in spinal surgery. Therefore, they specialize in the care of the neck and back. ...Read more

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Neurogurgeon or orthopedic for cervical spine problems?

Either: A well trained surgeon of either specialty will do you just fine. The key is finding that surgeon. Asking your physician, as well as friends, family and acquaintances are good stating points in this research. Neurosurgery involves an average of seven years of training in surgery of the brain, spinal column, spinal nerves and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion  surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?

Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read more

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Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for neck surgery? Possible fusion or discectomy.

Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for neck surgery? Possible fusion or discectomy.

Either will do as --: Both of them should be trained in doing these surgeries. The orthopod should be a spinal surgeon. Your pcp canhelp you as to who to go to. Good luck. ...Read more

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Best cervical spondylosis treatment?

Depends: If spinal cord compression causes significant symptoms surgical treatment is the best option. For minor symptoms and normal neurologic function a physical therapy directed exercise program is good. ...Read more

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What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

This should be answ-: Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is status post-lower cervical spine fusion and diskectomy?

A term meaning that: Someone had a spine surgery involving the neck most typically from anterior or front approach involving removal of cervical disc and filling the disc space with either bone or a cage & bone as well as possibly some spine instrumentation or hardware in the lower part of the neck or cervical spine. The disc spaces range from c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c5-6, c6-7 & c7-t1. The lower 3 would be one of them. ...Read more

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What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

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What type of orthopedic surgeon can perform spinal surgery for a C7 foramenal stenosis radiculopathy?

Yes: I agree with dr. Poelstra - make sure the surgeon has additional spine surgery training, and does many spine surgery procedures. The same would be recommended for a neurosurgeon doing spine surgery. ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures , both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...Read more

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What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness?  Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon?  Xrays best?

See below: Harrington rods surgically implanted usually for severe scoliosis. This is a major surgery and is usually determined by an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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I need some expert advice on thoracic spine fracture t4-endplate?

I need some expert advice on thoracic spine fracture t4-endplate?

T4 endplate fracture: Usually this is due to some type of compressive force, often mionr if associated with osteoporosis. Most heal within 6-12 weeks, and sometime bracing may not be necessary. I would recommend having a ct or MRI of the region to rule out any other pathologies that weaken bone, if the fracture occured with minor trauma. ...Read more

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What specialist treats cervical spine problems?

Spine specialists: These include neurosurgeons, pain doctors, rehab doctors, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists. ...Read more

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Is a neurosurgeon vs orthopedic spine surgeon better for performing cerv artificial disc replacement or vice versa?

Is a neurosurgeon vs orthopedic spine surgeon better for performing cerv artificial disc replacement or vice versa?

Most experienced: Both orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons can be trained to perform arthroplasty. I have trained hundreds of both and those with the most commitment to excellence, experience, surgical skill, thoughtful decision making and ultimately commitment to their patients, whether neuro or ortho are best. I encourge you to find a surgeon who has committed experience. ...Read more

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Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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How does a spine fusion surgery work for your spine?

How does a spine fusion surgery work for your spine?

Stability stops pain: The spine is made up of many moving parts, joints, ligaments, bones and disks. When the parts become damaged, unstable or worn, movement becomes painful. A spinal fusion takes the moving segments and makes them stiff by growing bone across them. Once the movement stops, it's no longer painful. You will lose some mobility and it is possible to develope problems at adjacent spinal levels. ...Read more

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When would a doc recommend spine fusion surgery?

Teo reasons: Spinal instability and deformity progressive these two indications are not controversial or part of a recionstruction that requires support and stillness forl long term success. ...Read more

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What is the best specialist in treating cervical spine problems?

What is the best specialist in treating cervical spine problems?

Spine specialist: Spine specislist.... Spinal surgeon. I think that the initial evaluation should begin with your family doctor. There are many causes of neck pain. Once the correct diagnosis is established then if needed you will be referred to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What is spine surgery to correct lumbar lordosis?

Swayback: There is a normal amount of lordosis in the lumbar spine, which is approximately 55 degrees. When you have a lordosis significantly more than this, it is called hyperlordosis, which is a way to say "swayback". A spinal surgery to correct this would be known as a spinal reconstruction surgery because it is an attempt to reconstruct the normal alignment of the spine. Thanks. ...Read more

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Who's best to read lumbosacral spine mri?

Who's best to read lumbosacral spine mri?

Radiologist and: Your ordering doctor, some doctors are trained how to read MRI and some are not. ...Read more

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Is a neuro surgeon or spine surgeon better equipped to do cervical spinal decompression?

Both able to: Neurosurgeons are spine surgeons by nature and receive training in spine surgery throughout their residency. Orthopedic spine surgeons generally do not get as much spine surgery training in residency, however they complete a spine surgery fellowship after residency. It ultimately comes down to the individual surgeon and how comfortable you are with them and he/she is with particular procedure. ...Read more

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How are an orthopedic surgeon and a cervical spine surgeon different?

Neck surgeon: Orthopaedic surgeons care for joints like knees , shoulders, etc. Some orthopaedic surgeons or neurosurgeons specialize in spinal surgery. Therefore, they specialize in the care of the neck and back. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an orthopedic surgeon and a cervical spine surgeon?

Yes and no: Spine surgery is performed by neurosurgeons as well as orthopedic spine surgeons but not general orthopedic surgeons. ...Read more

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I have extremely severe pain in my cervical spine that causes twitching and migraines. The surgeon is reluctant to operate (poor outcome?)

I have extremely severe pain in my cervical spine that causes twitching and migraines. The surgeon is reluctant to operate (poor outcome?)

See below.: Surgery on the cervical spine when patients mainly have neck pain in the absence of nerve compression or slippage of the vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) has mixed results. Migraines can have many causes and are often difficult to diagnose. I would recommend seeking the opinion of a neurologist. It may also be beneficial to obtain a second opinion from a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @(c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @(c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Need second opinion: not sure what you mean? is he recommending surgery for this with no symptoms? maybe he sees something of danger that could happen like an aneurysm ready to blow ,[not there just example] so if so get another neurosurgeons opinion before going forth . never smoke , that kills you and ability to heal ...Read more

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What do you guys think about Dr Jeffery Spevick in Manhattan he a spine surgeon ?

What do you guys think about Dr Jeffery Spevick in Manhattan he a spine surgeon ?

Inappropriate: request. Best person to ask your question is your own trusted family physician , based on personal experience in out comes , will recommend you the the best physician for your problems . You also can enquire from your own family , friends & collages what has knowledge based on personal experience , other source GOOGLE Good Luck in your pursuit ...Read more

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What are the ?Steps?To become an orthopedic spine surgeon?

What are the ?Steps?To become an orthopedic spine surgeon?

Years of work: College, medical school, internship, ortho residency, spine fellowship. About 14 years later, you will be ready to be the new spine surgeon, pay your dues and earn a reputation. ...Read more

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What training is needed to become an?Ortho spine surgeon?

What training is needed to become an?Ortho spine surgeon?

Years of work: College, medical school, internship, ortho residency, spine fellowship. About 14 years later, you will be ready to be the new spine surgeon, pay your dues and earn a reputation. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon?

Please tell me if there is a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon?

Specialist: A spine surgeon is an orthopedist who specializes in spine surgery. Orthopedist is a general term for a doctor specializing in bone and muscle problems. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Is there a difference between an orthopedist and a spine surgeon and what is the difference?

Specialty trained: A spine surgeon has training in either neurosurgery or orthopedics. A neurosurgeon will have trained in brain and spine for about 7 years (70% spine). An orthopedic spine surgeon generally has had spine fellowship training in addition to training they received in residency. Both specialty backgrounds can be excellent. What really matters is their experience and outcomes. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a neurospine surgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon? They both give injections. I have a cyst on my t-6. Whom should I see?

What is the difference between a neurospine surgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon? They both give injections. I have a cyst on my t-6. Whom should I see?

Both are ok: Both neurosurgeons and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons treat spinal disorders. It is worth your time to learn about your surgeon before considering surgery. Hopefully, your primary care doctor can help to point you in the right direction. The most important thing to do is to make sure that the surgeon you choose has expertise in treating your problem. Check out healthgrades.Com. ...Read more

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My spine surgeon is sending me for an L3/4 steroid injection. He said if works for a week: fuse if longer great. What if it doesn't help at all?

My spine surgeon is sending me for an L3/4 steroid injection. He said if works for a week: fuse if longer great. What if it doesn't help at all?

Varies: The results from an epidural steroid injection can vary tremendously. Some people do well for even a year, while others may get only temporary benefit. If an epidural steroid injection does not work, there are other alternatives which can be discussed either with your surgeon or an interventional pain specialist. ...Read more

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Spine surgeon evaluated me. Said my scoliosis not bad enough to cause pain. Getting bone scan.Very worried about this being something serious.Chances?

Probably not serious: Back pain not usually associated with scoliosis. Low back pain can be caused by muscular and bone issues. Spondylolysis , a stress fracture in posterior part of lumbar vertebra 4 or 5, can be associated with scoliosis.Movement of one vertebra forward on another if bilateral fractures.Bone scan is the right test for detecting fractures and other causes of pain. Correlate with other imaging for rx. ...Read more

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Want to apply to medical school and eventually become a spine surgeon I have a past felony drug conviction for manufacturing and delivering cocaine and criminal conspiracy should I not even waste my time or is worth my time to pursue this career as a surg

Want to apply to medical school and eventually become a spine surgeon I have a past felony drug conviction for manufacturing and delivering cocaine and criminal conspiracy should I not even waste my time or is worth my time to pursue this career as a surg

While : While a clean record is not an absolute requirement to become a surgeon, it certainly helps. There are several obstacles to becoming a surgeon with a felony conviction. First, you would have to convince a medical school admissions committee that you have the character and traits they are looking for in an applicant. At the end of medical school, you would need to convince a orthopaedic or neurosurgery residency program that you have the character and traits they are looking for. As both orthopaedic and neurosurgery training programs are extremely competitive, this history does put you at a disadvantage. For both admissions processes, it is typical to ask about any prior convictions. Even if you were to navigate medical school and residency successfully, you would still need to become licensed by the state you want to practice in, and obtain certification by the drug enforcement agency (dea), and possibly by the state controlled substances board. The dea and states may have specific restrictions preventing licensure with a prior felony drug-related conviction. Before proceeding, i would recommend that you check with the dea and with whichever state you want to possibly practice in about their laws regarding licensure in your circumstances. ...Read more

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Can anyone recommend a good spine surgeon in or around lansing, mi?

Can anyone recommend a good spine surgeon in or around lansing, mi?

search : Ask around, google, ; check with the state medical society. Look 4 a fellowship trained spinal surgeon. ...Read more

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First attempt didn't help ! spine surgeon wants to do second surgery, what else can I do ?

First attempt didn't help ! spine surgeon wants to do second surgery, what else can I do ?

2nd opinoin: No surgery is a guarantee. Soometimes, a second surgery may be necessary. The important thing is for you to be comfortable, so if your not get a second opinoin. They may have an alternative treatment for you. ...Read more

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Is a neurosurgeon vs orthopedic spine surgeon better for performing cerv artificial disc replacement or vice versa?

Most experienced: Both orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons can be trained to perform arthroplasty. I have trained hundreds of both and those with the most commitment to excellence, experience, surgical skill, thoughtful decision making and ultimately commitment to their patients, whether neuro or ortho are best. I encourge you to find a surgeon who has committed experience. ...Read more

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Can a chiropractor help my brother's kyphosis? It's currently at 84 degrees and spine surgeon says he'll need surgery if it reaches 90.

Can a chiropractor help my brother's kyphosis? It's currently at 84 degrees and spine surgeon says he'll need surgery if it reaches 90.

No: While I am a proponent of spinal manipulation, it will not be able to correct a severe kyphosis like that. In fact, there must be pathology to have kyphosis to that degree, and spinal manipulation may be dangerous, not definitely, but may be depending on your brothers health. Physical therapy may be able to slow increase of kyphosis, but should be done only at recommendation of spine doc. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more