neurosurgeon versus orthopedic surgeon

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Dr. Kevin Vaught answered:

Can you tell me if my hands are slightly shaky (not a ton, not even noticable really) could I still become a neurosurgeon, or a cardiothoracic surgeon ?

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Becoming a neurosurgeon requires many years of specialized training. To begin, you must have completed medical school with outstanding academic performance. Along the way, you would need to first learn if it even appealed to you. If the hand tremor is mild, it would not be an advantage but may be something that you could compensate for. Good luck.
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Is it easier to be a orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

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on your interest in each and your surgical skill level. Both require medical school and a residency training. Neurosurgeons usually have a longer residency.
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Who is best fit to do a microdiscetomy: an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon?

Maybe both

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As long as they have had proper training and a good local reputation, either should be competent to do the procedure.
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What's the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon?

Both are surgeons

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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.
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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

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Either could suffice depending on the surgeon's experience . Ask local health care providers or other patients for local recommendations.
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Dr. Tariq Niazi answered:

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

Either will do as --

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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.
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What is the difference between a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon when dealing with back pain?

Very little

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I would choose based on the statistics of the individual surgeon rather than on the speciality
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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?

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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!
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Neurologist determined I have spinal stenosis with several pinced nerves. Is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon a better treatment provider?

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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!
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Dr. Richard K. Orr answered:

What is the salary for a breast surgeon?

Varies

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Usually about the same as a general surgeon but may be less if the doc is exclusively a breast surgeon (but those folks do not usually do emergencies, work nights, weekends.. so it may be a fair trade-off.) A lot less than neurosurgeons, orthopedists and cardiologists.
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