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Is there a way to find out which brain surgeon is the best in the country?

Is there a way to find out which brain surgeon is the best in the country?

For which problem?: One way of tackling this - look at the brain condition you want treatment for. Given the sub-specialty interests of some surgeons, you may be able to create a list for yourself. This may read something like "best surgeon for brain tumors - mitch berger" "best surgeon for brain avms - robert spetzler" "best surgeon for moyamoya - gary steinberg" etc. ...Read more

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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


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Who was the first brain surgeon in the world?

Who was the first brain surgeon in the world?

Unknown: Trepanning or making a burr hole, is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull, exposing the the brain to treat health problems. Evidence of trepanation has been found in prehistoric human remains. Trepanning was completed in the 1880's but, it was harvey cushing who made neurosurgery a specialty, and trained a whole generation of leaders in the field. ...Read more

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What is the usual operating room hours for a brain surgeon in the u.S.?

What is the usual operating room hours for a brain surgeon in the u.S.?

Depends: This will depend on where the surgeon is in his/her training. As residents, there is an 80-hour work week limit imposed. Speaking personally as a private attending, where there is some control of the types of cases being done, i perform between 200-300 cases a year. Figure 20 cases a month, running 1-2 hours for simple cases and much longer for more complicated cases. Perhaps 12-20 hours per week. ...Read more

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Can a general surgeon operate on a brain just like a neurosurgeon would?

Can a general surgeon operate on a brain just like a neurosurgeon would?

NO: Outside of tv, there is no "do it all" doctor. Aside from the true emergency in a small town when emergency decompression for head bleed may require craniotomy, no modern day general surgeon is trained nor in most cases wants to take on the liability of brain surgery. ...Read more

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Do i see brain surgeon if lumps in the back of the head?

Do i see brain surgeon if lumps in the back of the head?

Make an appointment: But, it's best to start with your regular doctor. If a referral to a specialist is needed your doctor will help with that. ...Read more

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Who is the best neurosurgeon in the world ( brain tumors )?

Who is the best neurosurgeon in the world ( brain tumors )?

Neurosurgeon: You have one of the best in arizona. Robert spetzler md at the barrows neurologic institute. ...Read more

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Who is best fit to do a microdiscetomy: an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Who is best fit to do a microdiscetomy: an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Maybe both: As long as they have had proper training and a good local reputation, either should be competent to do the procedure. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc, L5. The pain is unbearable. I'm thinking of having surgery. What type of surgeon would best? Orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

I have a herniated disc, L5. The pain is unbearable. I'm thinking of having surgery. What type of surgeon would best? Orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

Both docs: Can do that work, so I think it is best to get a good referral and ask as many questions as you can and get a second opinion and decide from there. It is always important to use someone with a lot of experience and deals with the specific condition that you have. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more