The term “neurosurgery” is short for neurological surgery, a discipline that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders. Neurosurgery is a sister discipline to neuromedicine, which involves the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders and complications using medications and non-surgical methods. In most patients, neurologists (who deal with neuromedicine) work alongside neurosurgeons.. Contact us.
Each of these surgical specialists has their own areas of expertise and their skill and expertise overlap in the area of spinal surgery. Both specialties require 5-7 years of residency training, followed in some cases by additional time in fellowship training. Traditionally, neurosurgeons handled spinal operations dealing with the discs and nerves, while orthopedic surgeons handled operations on the bony spine, such as spinal fusion. More recently, though, both specialties are training their spinal surgeons to perform the whole range of spinal surgery. As neurosurgeons, we still work very closely with our orthopedic colleagues. A surgeon’s experience, training, and judgement in spinal surgery are more important than the subspecialty to which he or she belongs.
A neurologist and a neurosurgeon are similar to a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon: the neurosurgeon can offer a surgical solution to neurologic disorders, while the neurologist identifies neurological disorders through diagnostic testing and uses solely medical means to treat them. Contact us.
With minimally invasive surgery techniques patients experience less trauma and pain due to very minimal disruption of the musculature. Compared to more traditional surgical techniques patients have minimal scarring because of very small incisions, faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and can return to pre-surgery activity levels much more quickly. Contact us.
Neurosurgery is a subspecialty of neurology that includes surgical treatment and care of the diseases and injuries occurring in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. A neurosurgeon deals with conditions such as brain hemorrhage, brain and spinal cord tumors, cerebrovascular disorders such as aneurysms, vascular malformations, and traumatic injuries to the brain and spinal cord. Spinal surgeries include procedures such as laminectomies and fusions. Contact us.
The common possibilities of damage that may occur during extensive head injury include skull fracture, hematoma, concussion, and contusion. When there is a skull fracture, the bone may develop a crack but remain in place or else get displaced and perforate the brain (depressed fracture). Hematoma is bleeding in the brain or its layers. When bleeding occurs between the skull and the outermost (duramater) layer, it is called extradural hematoma. Bleeding between the first and second brain layer is called subdural hematoma, and bleeding within the brain is termed intracerebral bleeding. Concussion may occur if there is vibrational injury to the brain, and may cause swelling and cell death. There may not be associated bleeding. In contusional injuries, there will be direct bruising, laceration, bleeding, and associated swelling of the brain tissues. Contact us.
Surgery becomes necessary to treat several spinal disorders such as herniated disc, spinal stenosis, fractures, instability, deformity, and tumors. Surgery is generally advised in patients who do not respond well to conservative treatment methods, and have persisting symptoms that significantly hinder their lifestyle. If you have severe pain that gets relieved suddenly and you tend to develop weakness in your arms and legs, change in bowel or bladder functions, immediate evaluation should be done for surgery. Contact us.