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Dr. Diane Minich
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Is it easier to be a orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Is it easier to be a orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Depends: On your interest in each and your surgical skill level. Both require medical school and a residency training. Neurosurgeons usually have a longer residency. ...Read more

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

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

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. Andrea Brand
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should i see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

What kind of doctor should I see for a herniated disk? Should i see an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon?

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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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
37 years in practice
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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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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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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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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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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?

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
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What is the difference between neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons?

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
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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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