Neurosurgery deals with the treatment of diseases, injury, and disorders of the nervous system. Commonly known as spine surgery, neurosurgery includes the treatment of the brain, spine, and peripheral nerves of the extremities.
Neuro/spine surgery is also known as neurosurgery. Neuro/spine surgery treats the diseases, injuries and disorders of the nervous system. The specialty of neuro/spine surgery includes the brain, spine and peripheral nerves of the extremities. The most common neuro/spine procedures at Methodist McKinney Hospital include laminotomy, a surgical division of the lamina of a vertebral arch, neurostimulation; discectomy, excision of an intervertebral disc; anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, posterior arthodesis (fusion of a joint), and transformaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
Neuro/spine surgery may also be more commonly known as brain surgery but neuro/spine surgery also involves the spine and the nerves of the extremities in addition to the brain. Doctors who specialize in neuro/spine surgery practice in a branch of medicine known as neurosurgery. A neuro/spine doctor completes a neuro/spine residency of five to six years. In addition, some neuro/spine doctors also do a fellowship in neuro/spine studies. A neuro/spine fellowship can include a number of different neuro/spine specialties. The neuro/spine services include neurology, neurosurgery and ortho-spine surgery. Talk to your doctor at Methodist McKinney Hospital to determine which neuro/spine specialty is right for you.
Neuro/spine doctors specialize in the treatment of the diseases, injuries and disorders of the nervous system. The nervous system contains the brain, spine and the nerves of the extremities that carry electrochemical nerve impulses down the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and then into the arms and the legs.
Neuro/spine surgery in the brain is performed by neuro/spine doctors to treat vascular disorders, treat a wound, treat epilepsy, remove a tumor or a foreign body, relieve pressure caused by an intracranial hemorrhage, excise an abscess or relieve pain. Neurosurgery is an extremely complex specialty because physicians are still learning about the brain and its mysteries.
Diagnosis of neuro/spine issues first relies on the use of imaging. Methodist McKinney Hospital also offers a range of imaging services. Imaging allows the neuro/spine physicians to see a picture of the inside of their patient's body to help in the diagnosis of various medical conditions. Some of those imaging procedures available at Methodist McKinney Hospital include: x-ray, mammography, CT scan, ultrasound and an MRI. A doctor of neurosurgery will use one or more of these imaging methods to get a noninvasive look inside the body before proceeding with additional diagnostics.
Ortho-Spine Surgery Staff