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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 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 300 diseases for which an individual should consult a Neurosurgeon.
Healthy individuals can consult a Neurosurgeon or Neurologist once in 2 years to examine the status of the nervous system. Individuals who underwent neurosurgery should visit Neurosurgeon as recommended or monthly once to review the progress of the recovery from the disease condition.
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.
The inflammation of muscles is called myositis. Different types of myositis are polymyositis, dermatomyositis, inclusion body myositis, autoimmune necrotizing myopathy. Any type of myositis can be diagnosed and treated by Neurologists. However, if a surgery is required to treat and cure myositis then Neurosurgeon can perform it.
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which spinal canal nerves become narrow and compressing the nerves results in back and leg pains. Neurologists can diagnose and treat spinal stenosis through medications. But if the symptoms don’t subside through medications it is recommended to be done surgery. Well experienced Neurosurgeons are best to perform surgery for spinal stenosis.