FAQs: Choosing a Neurosurgeon vs. an Orthopedic Surgeon

By August 15, 2019Blog
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If you’ve been diagnosed with a spinal condition such as degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis, you may think that those conditions fall under an orthopedic surgeon’s expertise. However, did you know that a neurosurgeon regularly performs spinal surgery and helps patients on their recovery journey? Keep reading to discover frequently asked questions about a neurosurgeon and spinal surgery:

Will it affect my recovery time?

Yes; when you choose a neurosurgeon instead of an orthopedic surgeon, your recovery time is not as long. According to data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project Database, patients who had their spine condition treated by a neurosurgeon did not have to endure a prolonged post-operation hospital stay.

Do neurosurgeons have the right qualifications?

Absolutely! Your spine and brain are protected by a thick membrane called dura mater. It has an important job – to protect the central nervous system. Understandably, the surgeon you choose to operate on your spine must be well-trained in the area of dura mater. Your GNI neurosurgeon has been extensively trained in all areas of dura mater and knows how to complete operations associated with this important membrane.

Doesn’t a neurosurgeon only operate on the brain?

A neurosurgeon specializes on surgery that deals with the entire nervous system – the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves throughout the entire body. An orthopedic surgeon specializes in the musculoskeletal system, the branch of medicine dealing with a person’s muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of a neurosurgeon’s extensive knowledge of the brain, he is well-equipped to deal with spinal conditions.

Your GNI Neurosurgeon Can Help

Our team of neurosurgeons is dedicated to improving a patient’s health-related quality of life! We are passionate about helping you overcome conditions and diseases to help you thrive. If you have any questions about your spinal condition and how a neurosurgeon can lead you toward recovery, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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