1. Who is a neurosurgeon?
A neurosurgeon is a doctor with a specialization in diagnosis and treatment of brain, spinal cord and nerve-related diseases.
2. Can a neurosurgeon operate a brain tumour?
Yes, a neurosurgeon can operate and remove brain tumours by a procedure called as craniotomy.
3. Does a neurosurgeon only perform surgery?
Neurosurgeons are trained to perform complex surgeries, but when possible, they try to treat the condition with medicines alone. When medicines fail to give relief, neurosurgeons opt for a surgery to provide relief.
4. For which diseases can one see a neurosurgeon?
One can see a neurosurgeon if you have any symptoms like birth-defects, trauma to brain or spine due to some shock or accident, brain tumours, vascular disorders, infections in the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine like multiple sclerosis.
5. Can a neurologist treat birth defects in nervous system?
No, a neurologist cannot treat birth-defects in the nervous system, but a neurosurgeon can operate on such defects present since birth in the brain and spinal cord in infants and children.
Surgeons who are specialized in examining, diagnosing, and treating diseases and disorders related to the nervous system through medications and surgeries are called Neurosurgeons. Few of the central and peripheral nervous system diseases are seizures, brain stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and myasthenia gravis.
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Neurosurgeon:
Individuals who underwent neurosurgery should visit Neurosurgeon as directed or monthly once to check the progress of disease condition. Healthy individuals can also consult Neurosurgeon or Neurologist once in 2 years to check the status of the nervous system health condition.
Individuals who are suffering from any of the following diseases or medical conditions should consult a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist.
Apart from the above medical conditions, there are more than over 300 diseases for which an individual should consult a Neurosurgeon.
Both Neurosurgeons and Neurologists are medical doctors who are specialized and well trained in Neurology and treat patients who are suffering from nervous system disorders. However, Neurosurgeons perform surgery and Neurologists use therapeutic ways [medications] to treat and cure a disease condition.
Yes, if the brain tumor is severe and surgery is required to remove it, then the Neurosurgeon can perform surgery. If medications can treat a brain tumor, then the patient should consult a Neurologist.
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that causes abnormal brain activity and leads to unusual behavior, loss of awareness, and loss of sensations. Any type of epilepsy can be diagnosed and treated by Neurologists. However, if a surgery is required to treat and cure Epilepsy, then Neurosurgeon can perform it.
Neurosurgeons can perform any type of surgery that helps a patient to treat and cure diseases related to the nervous system.