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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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How close is the collaboration between neurosurgeons and neurologists?

How close is the collaboration between neurosurgeons and neurologists?

Neurosurgery: Neurologists and neurosurgeons interact daily and work closely particularly in large hospitals and in the treatment of neurological disorders that require a team approach (stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, and movement disorders). Neurology is the medical side and neurosurgery is the surgical side of the clinical neurosciences. ...Read more

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Is it possible to become a neurologist or a neurosurgeon without central vision?

Is it possible to become a neurologist or a neurosurgeon without central vision?

It'd be tough: It would be hard to be a neurologist as vision is crucial in examination especially of the eyes or monitoring movement disorders. It'd be impossible to be a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Do I need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon if I just had my first seizure?

Do I need to see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon if I just had my first seizure?

Neurologist: A neurologist would typically be the specialist to see for the initial evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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At what size should a pituitary tumor be removed? In Feb it was 4.2x4.3. New MRI Tues. If it's reached a 5 neurologist said to see neurosurgeon? Y/N??

At what size should a pituitary tumor be removed? In Feb it was 4.2x4.3. New MRI Tues. If it's reached a 5 neurologist said to see neurosurgeon? Y/N??

Pituitary adenoma: Yes. See a neurosurgeon who specializes in pituitary surgery to discuss the treatment options. Hormone studies and a visual field examination are part of the evaluation too. Indications for surgery include increasing size of the adenoma, visual field loss and reduction in hormone function due to tumor compression. ...Read more

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Best neurosurgeon in Fort Worth Tx? My neurologist is Dr Liu, I have a non secreting but growing pituitary tumor. Did not like the Dr he recommended..

Best neurosurgeon in Fort Worth Tx? My neurologist is Dr Liu, I have a non secreting but growing pituitary tumor. Did not like the Dr he recommended..

Pituitary tumor: Even though the tumor may not be secretory, Endocrinologists deal with these tumors all the time, and have a lot of experience with neurosurgeons, if indeed surgery is needed. You may wish to seek out an Endo. Nevertheless, bedside manner does not always predict skill. The most obnoxious surgeon may be the best. ...Read more

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Mri showed possible cysts/old lacunar infarcts. Should I see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon to better figure out what's going on?

Mri showed possible cysts/old lacunar infarcts. Should I see a neurologist or a neurosurgeon to better figure out what's going on?

Odd MRI: That's a neurology issue, not surgical. However you are pretty young to have had lacunae infarcts. I will assume the doctor who ordered the MRI would want you to see the neurologist pretty quickly. Make sure you follow through with this ok? ...Read more

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Should I see a neurologist, neurosurgeon or an orthopedic doctor for my spondylolisthesis?

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 more

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Neurologist said I have spinal stenosis. Referred to neurosurgeon. Is there a route to treatment other than surgery? At 70 surgery not inviting.

Neurologist said I have spinal stenosis. Referred to neurosurgeon. Is there a route to treatment other than surgery? At 70 surgery not inviting.

Yes: Spinal stenosis can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and lumbar epidural steroid injections. Your spine specialist can thoroughly evaluate you and help coordinate conservative care if appropriate. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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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 more

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After l/4, l/5 laminectomy foot pain 1year later, foot doc say normal, neurologists say s/1 causing, ortho surgeon say MRI good, neurosurgeon say what?

After l/4, l/5 laminectomy foot pain 1year later, foot doc say normal, neurologists say s/1 causing, ortho surgeon say MRI good, neurosurgeon say what?

Nerve pain: Foot pain post L4/L5 laminectomy can occur if there is an additional impingement from S1 nerve root. Have your neurologist do a NCV test to identify if S1 is the cause.
Neuropathic pain can come from these nerve roots and it is best to narrow its location. What part of the foot hurts?
Is it located on the side of the foot? It can be a peroneal nerve problem too. ...Read more

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Coiled brain aneurysm year ago. Afraid to exercise gained 10 lbs due to different advice from neurosurgeon & neurologist. What exercise is safe for me?

Coiled brain aneurysm year ago. Afraid to exercise gained 10 lbs due to different advice from neurosurgeon & neurologist. What exercise is safe for me?

Cerebral aneurysm: If the aneurysm is completely occluded with coils after one year, then there are no limitations on exercise. In fact, the chance of forming a new aneurysm elsewhere over the next five years is less than 2%. Discuss and review the imaging studies with your neurosurgeon to clarify your limitations. ...Read more

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Coiled brain aneurysm year ago. Conflicting advice by neurosurgeon & neurologist. One says cardio excercise but no lifting other says no restrictions?

Coiled brain aneurysm year ago. Conflicting advice by neurosurgeon & neurologist. One says cardio excercise but no lifting other says no restrictions?

Aneurysm: I would recommend following the more restrictive and conservative advice for now. You might also consider getting a second opinion or two by other qualified specialists. ...Read more

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What is your experience as a neurosurgeon?

Varies widely: Your questions are given to a pool of doctors of every specialty. Your question cannot be answered via this method. Please search for a neurosurgeon on this forum and arrange for a virtual consult if you have neurosurgery-specific questions. Good luck! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to become a neurologist?

How to become a neurologist?

Training: After finishing medical school, you undergo specialty training in residency for a minimum of four years to fulfill the minimal; requirements in the US. ...Read more

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Can a neurologist treat mental illness?

Can a neurologist treat mental illness?

Some can be: Quite cable of treating behavioral health disorders - but not all. ...Read more

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Can neurologists help with TMJ headaches?

Can neurologists help with TMJ headaches?

Depends on diagnosis: You have to know, if possible, if the headaches are due to a tmj/tmd cause. I often get referrals from neurologists in my community because their treatment is delivering the desired results. But I have also referred patients to neurologists. Need to work together! ...Read more

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What amount does a neurologist vist cost?

Depends: It really depends, can be anywhere from 50 to 400 dollars depending on whether you have insurance or not. Best to check with the doctors office for a schedule of their fees. ...Read more

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What amount does a neurologist visit cost?

Appointment Cost: Regretfully, there is no one good answer to this question. In general, a neurologist will charge somewhere between $90-400 for a new patient appointment.

However, there are many variables at play here such as whether the neurologist has a contract with your insurance company, etc.

I would recommend calling the office directly to ask for the fee, that way you won't have to guess. ...Read more

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How do neurologists detect RLS in patients?

How do neurologists detect RLS in patients?

Really by history: Restless leg syndrome is occasionally found during an overnight sleep study, but the doc diagnosis is by pt history. Going to bed, unable to stay still, as legs feel irritable, and gets up, walks about, and then can relax. Maybe legs jump a bit, maybe happens at the movies or while watching tv. Occasionally, pts have associated kidney disease, peripheral neuropathy, ferritin problems. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will I need a referral to see a neurologist?

Depends: This depends on your insurance plan, but usually referrals are needed in order to see a specialist. You should discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician, who can best determine whether a referral to a neurologist is necessary. Http://patients. Aan. Com/go/workingwithyourdoctor ...Read more

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How can I get referral to different neurologist?

Ask your PCP: Ask you primary care physician for a referral to another neurologist for another opinion. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does a child's neurologist do?

Hello doctors, what does a child's neurologist do?

Pediatric Neurology: A pediatric neurologist takes care of children with a myriad of neurological disorders. They work with the brain and the complex nervous system that surrounds it. Some conditions which are seen at the neurologist would include seizures, muscular dystrophies, headaches, tics, neurodevelopmental diseases, etc. ...Read more

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Neurology (Definition)

Neurology is a field of study in which a person studies the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves, their functions, and their diseases. A doctor who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and nerve disorders ...Read more