The Difference Between a Neurosurgeon & a Neurologist

By July 15, 2020General
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Although there is overlap between what a neurologist and neurosurgeon treat, there are several differences between the two. Allow us to explain the difference between a neurologist and neurosurgeon and how the team at Georgia Neurosurgical Institute can help your condition.

Neurologists Do Not Perform Surgery

A neurologist has extensive knowledge concerning brain conditions and will opt for treatment options such as therapies or medication if the condition allows for it. However, if the brain condition requires surgery to fix it, a neurosurgeon will need to use his expertise.

Neurosurgeons Train in Surgical Aspects of Neurology

Because neurosurgeons operate on the brain, they must have extensive schooling and training to understand operating techniques, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Their knowledge, coupled with extensive years of education and mastery of their craft, distinguishes them from neurologists.

Neurosurgeons Treat the Brain, Spine & Peripheral Nerves

While a neurosurgeon has extensive training and knowledge about the brain, he is not limited to only treating this organ. He also deals with issues related to the spine, nervous system, and vascular system.

GNI Neurosurgeons Are Here for You

You don’t have to travel far for an excellent neurosurgeon. Georgia Neurosurgical Institute is right here in Middle Georgia, proudly serving our neighbors from near and far for over six decades. With an on-site surgery center, our patients are close to home post-operation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our team: 478-743-7092.

“I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Rowe and his staff. Having lived with pain for several years and having been disappointed by other docs, I am so relieved to have found Dr Rowe. When I first saw him, I was at the end of my rope, both physically and emotionally. MRIs were scheduled quickly. He calmly explained my MRI results and listed my options along with full explanations of each, including statistics on success rates. I opted for a 3-level cervical fusion one month ago and I am so excited to recover and live my life pain-free.  Dr. Rowe and his team are top notch all the way.” – Lee S., GNI patient

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