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Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
21 years in practice
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Is it easier to be a orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
21 years in practice
1M people helped
Is it easier to be a orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Both are difficult: The best answer to your question is that these are both extremely difficult surgical subspecialties. They both take a minimum of 9 years of training after college and have very rigorous training programs and require huge knowledge bases and physical skills along with emotional and phycological strength to deal with the human impact of their jobs. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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12 years in practice
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Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
9M people helped
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What's the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon?

Dr. John Michalski
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
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What's the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon?

Both are surgeons: In general terms, neurosurgeons work with the brain, spinal, cord, and nerves. Orthopedic surgeons work with bones, muscles, joints, tendons, lgaments, and nerves. In some regions, there may be some overlap. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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12 years in practice
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Dr. Steven Giannotta
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
44 years in practice
408K people helped
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Who is best fit to do a microdiscetomy: an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Dr. Steven Giannotta
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
44 years in practice
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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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Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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What is the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon when dealing with back pain?

Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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What is the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon when dealing with back pain?

Very little: I would choose based on the statistics of the individual surgeon rather than on the speciality. ...Read more

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
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12 years in practice
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Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
289K people helped
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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should i see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should i see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

Either: Either could suffice depending on the surgeon's experience . Ask local health care providers or other patients for local recommendations. ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon for neck surgery? Possible fusion or discectomy.

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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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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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
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Neurologist determined I have spinal stenosis with several pinced nerves. Is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon a better treatment provider?

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
19 years in practice
401K people helped

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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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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Is it appropriate advice for the orthopedic surgeon to tell pt to go to neurosurgeon? Because the issue appears to be too close to c-1 and brain stem? Is cranial--cervical joint domain of neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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There : There is overlap in the "domain" for orthopedic spine specialists and neurosurgeons. Some doctors feel more comfortable with certain levels of the spine than others. This is likely based on the experience and training that the physician has. Ultimately, if your ortho doc has suggested that you go to a neurosurgeon, then he/she does not feel qualified to manage the problem and thus i would take their advice! ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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What is the difference between neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons?

Dr. Mark Weston
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
26 years in practice
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Plenty: Neuro surgeons do a 7 yaer residency in neurologic surgery intracranial neck and spine orthopedic spine does a five year residency orthopedics bone and joint surgery followed by a one year fellowship training in spine surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Masson
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
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Is a neurosurgeon vs orthopedic spine surgeon better for performing cerv artificial disc replacement or vice versa?

Dr. Robert Masson
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
28 years in practice
174K people helped

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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