Frequently Asked Questions
- Cerebral hemorrhages
- Cerebrovascular conditions including aneurysms and vascular malformations
- Brain and spinal cord tumors
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal surgeries including laminectomies and fusions
Who is a neurosurgeon?
A neurosurgeon is a physician who has met rigorous educational requirements including 4 hears of college, 4 years of medical school, a one-year general surgical internship, and 6 to 7 years as a neurosurgical resident. http://www.bcm.edu/neurosurgery/residency/clinical_trng.htm The resident spends time in research, basic sciences, neurology, neuroradiology, neuropathology and neurosurgery.
- diagnoses and treats surgical disorders or injuries of the nervous system
- performs a detailed examination of the neurological structure of the body
- performs surgery on the brain, spinal cord, and nerves
- performs radiosurgery which is a way of treating brain abnormalities, tumors or other functional disorders with a precise delivery of a single high dose of radiation in a one-day session
Who sees a neurosurgeon?
You may need to see a neurosurgeon if you have been examined by a primary care physician and told that your symptoms are neurological in nature and require surgery. Your primary care physician will consult a neurosurgeon and schedule an appointment for an exam and possible tests. Once your exam and tests are completed, the neurosurgeon will work with you to determine the plan of care and schedule surgery if necessary.
What does neuroscience care involve?
Care for the neuroscience patient requires a multidisciplinary team approach. The neurosurgeon works as the team leader to provide the very latest in neurological care. The neuroscience team also includes:
- Neuroscience registered nurses
- Case management
- Social workers
- Respiratory therapists
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Speech pathologists
- Neurodiagnostic technicians
- Physiatrist (rehabilitation physician)
Inpatient settings include:
- Trauma 5 (emergency department)
- Critical care (ICUs and neuro acute/stroke units)
- General neuroscience unit
- Acute rehabilitation
Outpatient settings include:
- Outpatient therapies
- Outpatient clinics
- Neuroscience Specialty Clinics
- Support groups