What is a Neurosurgeon?

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What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon, or neurological surgeon, is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of conditions, illnesses and injuries of the nervous system and its supporting structures.

The nervous system is a complex network of thread-like nerves and cells that carry messages between the brain and spinal cord and all other parts of the body.  The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system, while the peripheral nervous system consists of all other nerves throughout the rest of the body.  A neurosurgeon is an expert in treating all of these nervous system components and any structures—like blood vessels and ligaments—that provide support for them.

What do neurosurgeons treat?

Neurosurgeons are capable of treating a variety of disorders that affect the nervous system.  These include:

  • Trauma
  • Tumors of the brain or spine
  • Infections of the brain or spine
  • Stroke
  • Degenerative diseases of the spine
  • Birth defects
  • Low back or neck pain
  • Nerve injuries
  • Aneurysms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cerebral hemorrhage

How are neurosurgeons trained?

Neurosurgery is regarded as one of the most complex medical fields due to how specialized and intricate those body parts are, and becoming a neurosurgeon requires a long course of schooling.  Four years of pre-medical education at a college or university are followed by four years of medical school, a one-year internship in general surgery, and then 5-7 years in a neurosurgery residency.

Some neurosurgeons complete a fellowship after residency to specialize in a particular area of the body, injury type or age group.

Neurosurgeons at Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic

If you’re suffering from any of the issues listed above or any other neurological complication, Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic can help.  Our neurosurgeons will use physical exams and specialized tests to diagnose the problem and establish a treatment plan.  Though surgery is an effective intervention, it’s only necessary in certain situations when specific factors are present.  Your neurosurgeon will decide whether surgery is the right course of treatment for you, and if it’s not, conservative (non-surgical) treatments will be recommended first before further evaluating the option of surgery.

Whatever the decision, we will always take the necessary time to explain your condition, the surgical procedure(s) being considered, any risks that are involved and what you should expect from the process.