You have probably heard of neurosurgeons or neurosurgery before, but what does exactly does it mean?
Neurosurgeons are medical doctors who are specifically trained in treating and operating on patients who have conditions involving the brain and the spine. This field of medicine is one of the most complicated and utilizes advanced imaging and surgical techniques, as well as extensive research.
There is a long list of conditions that a neurosurgeon may be called in to treat. Although some are extremely rare, neurosurgeons generally see patients for a few main conditions.
Hemorrhage and aneurysms: Hemorrhages in the brain (which can be caused by clots) are identified by neurosurgeons through the use of CT scans. A neurosurgeon may perform a craniotomy in which they identify and remove the aneurysm.
Degenerative diseases of the spine: Lower back pain and Neck pain are the most common reason adults seek medical attention, and these are the reason most patients are referred to neurosurgeons.
Tumors in the CNS: Brain and spinal cord tumors are often difficult to treat and require special care. Although neurosurgeons can often diagnose these tumors, they often work with a team to treat them. The neurosurgeon will be a part of a team team consisting of a radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, endocrinologist, and possibly others. Tumors can be treated through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy or other drugs.
CRMC neurosurgery services include:
- Micro surgery – Microlaminotomy and Microdiscectomy
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
- Posterior Cervical Fusion
- Posterior Lumbar Fusion
- Anterior Lumbar Fusion
- VP Shunt placement
- Tumor removal
- Carpal Tunnel Release