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Neurological Surgeon

Overview

Neurological surgery, or neurosurgery, is a branch of medicine that deals with the surgical treatment of problems affecting the

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Peripheral nerves
  • Arteries of the neck
The word neurosurgery is derived from the words neuro and surgery. Neuro refers to the nervous system. Neurosurgery is therefore the discipline of treating neurological diseases with surgery.

Neurosurgeons are trained to take care of head injuries. Neurosurgeons are also highly trained in the treatment of spinal cord and spinal problems. They are also able to take care of peripheral nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Neurosurgeons train an average of six to seven years after finishing medical school. Because neurosurgeons have extensive training in the diagnosis of all neurological diseases, they are often called upon by emergency room doctors, neurologists, internists, family practitioners and osteopaths for consultations.

Source: MedlinePlus

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Recommended Reading

American Association of Neurological Surgeons
This link takes you to website of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Patient information found on this site includes conditions and treatments, stories of neurosurgical patients, and patient safety tips.

Congress of Neurological Surgeons
The CNS is a professional association for neurosurgeons.

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