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What is neurosurgery?

What is neurosurgery?

Brain surgeons: Neurosurgeons are called brain surgeons. In the USA we also perform neck and back surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and care for patients in the clinics, hospital and intensive care unit with surgically treated disorders of the nervous system, including tumors, vascular disorders, aneurysm or AVM, hydrocephalus, brain or spine hemorrhage, trauma, disk herniation, stenosis or pinched nerves. ...Read more

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Neurosurgery (Definition)

Neurosurgery is the specialty of treating diseases of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves and their supporting structures. This includes trauma, tumors, degenerative disease , vascular disease and congenital conditions usually but not ...Read more


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I am in Houston, Texas and searching for a doctor or specialist that treats Adhesive Arachnoiditis. What specialty Neurosurgery or Pain? Thank you.

I am in Houston, Texas and searching for a doctor or specialist that treats Adhesive Arachnoiditis. What specialty Neurosurgery or Pain? Thank you.

Pain: Because there is not typically a surgical procedure for arachnoiditus (which an internal scarring within the Durval sac), an interventional pain specialist would typically be your best bet. ...Read more

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What amount would a neurosurgery resident get paid annually?

What amount would a neurosurgery resident get paid annually?

Varies: Neurosurgery residency lasts 6-8 years after completion of Medical School. Salary depends on the PGY year of experience, and varies somewhat between programs. Living expenses vary in different locations and this is one of the reasons. The range in 2014-2015 is roughly between a low of $47,000 for a first year resident at some programs and about $63,000 for a seventh year resident at another. ...Read more

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What are the risks neurosurgery for someone with epilepsy?

What are the risks neurosurgery for someone with epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Epilepsy or a seizure disorder is very debilitating. People are often unable to drive a car or work. Socially they may be isolated too. If medications are not controlling the seizures, then surgery to locate the seizure focus and then potentially remove the source of the seizures and reduce or eliminate the seizures. Risk and success depends on the location and type of surgery. See a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between neurology and neurosurgery, what do they involve?

Whats the difference between neurology and neurosurgery, what do they involve?

Surgery: Neurologist treat things that are non-operatively treated. Neurosurgeons are more focused on the surgical aspects of the patient's care. ...Read more

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How can I get involved in neurosurgery as a teen?

How can I get involved in neurosurgery as a teen?

Call some.: I would suggest calling the neurosurgeons in your area (ask to speak to their assistant or the office manager) and ask if they would allow you to shadow them in the office. Good luck. ...Read more

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How "old " is "too old " for neurosurgery for tn? 

How "old " is "too old " for neurosurgery for tn? 

Depends on health: While there is no real 'cut off' age for surgical treatment of tn, it is generally known that older individuals, and patients with more medical conditions, can have more post operative complications and slower recovery. Rather than age, general health needs to be considered. I have operated on "healthy" 70 - 80 year olds with this condition with no problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: neurosurgery?

What is the definition or description of: neurosurgery?

Brain,spine surgery: Neurosurgery is the specialty of treating diseases of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves and their supporting structures. This includes trauma, tumors, degenerative disease , vascular disease and congenital conditions usually but not always with surgical methods. ...Read more

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Does anyone know any good sites to read for neurosurgery?

Does anyone know any good sites to read for neurosurgery?

Depends: It depends on what you're looking for - it is a very large field. There are many excellent site for different neurosurgical conditions. ...Read more

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What qualities should a person have if he/she wishes to work in the field of neurosurgery?

What qualities should a person have if he/she wishes to work in the field of neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery: To start a strong interest in the brain and nervous system and then exceptional grades and motivation to work very long hours! ...Read more

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Is neurosurgery used for back problems?

Is neurosurgery used for back problems?

Definitely: In most situations neurosurgeons will treat back problems without surgery. If nonsurgical treatments are not helping and a surgical option is appropriate, neurosurgeons are extensively trained to perform these types of operations. ...Read more

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How long is a fellowship for neurosurgery?

How long is a fellowship for neurosurgery?

Years: Neurosurgery training involves 4 yrs of college, 4 years of med school, 1 year of general surgery internship, & 6-7 years of residency. At that point you are able to practice as a neurosurgeon, pending board certification (within 5 yrs). Fellowship is extra training in a specific area and is optional, usually 1-3 years depending on the area studied. Most do not do a fellowship. ...Read more

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Please describe the sub-specialities of neurosurgery?

Many: There are many subspecialities of neurosurgery. Here are a few: 1. Cerebrovascular-deals with aneurysms, avms, strokes 2. Tumor-brain or spine tumors 3. Neurotrauma/neurocritical care-head and spine injury and the brain monitoring to optimize recover 4. Pediatrics 5. Spine/peripheral nerve 6. Pain/functional: ie. Surgery for parkinson 7. Radiosurgery-use of focused beam radiation-ie. Gamma knife. ...Read more

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How soon after neurosurgery does someone start chemotherapy?

For what problem: What was the reason for neurosurgery? Was this a primary brain tumor or something metastatic from another primary site? Please provide us with more information so we can help guide you. ...Read more

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If going through neurosurgery, will they definitely shave my head?

If going through neurosurgery, will they definitely shave my head?

No: Depends on the preference of the surgeon. Some will shave no hair, other will only clip where the incision will go. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns. Most will honor request to minimize hair clipping. By the way, we use an electric clipper with a disposable blade, not a razor. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the sub-specialities of neurosurgery?

There are many: Here is a brief list: neurotrauma: head ; spine injury neurooncology: brain tumors neurovascular: aneurysms, avms, carotid artery disease: open surgery for these neurointerventional: interventional treatments for these-ie. Catheter techniques spine: treatment of spinal disorders, herniated discs, fusions pediatric ns: surgery of the pediatric patient functional/stereotactic: movement disorders. ...Read more

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What is best places for specialist postgraduate degree of Neurosurgery(clinical) to get it from ??

Residency: If you are talking about neurosurgical training after medical school, there are many great places in the US. Some great ones are UCSF, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic, University of Cincinnati, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Virginia. ...Read more

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I read randomly on a specific subject to try and gain some knowledge also some very useful insight on neurosurgery, my question what are great reads?

Read these: Ben carson: gifted hands ben carson: think big depending on your level of understanding, the best book to read to understand neurosurgery is mark greenberg, md's handbook of neurosurgery. This is an essential read for neurosurgery residents. ...Read more