What Is Neurosurgery?

Ask most people what neurosurgeons do and they will tell you they operate on the brain. But these medical specialists are also trained to help patients suffering from back and neck pain as well as a host of other illnesses ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to epilepsy and Parkinson's Disease.

People are most surprised to learn that neurosurgeons are spine specialists. In addition, neurosurgeons are highly skilled in treating cerebrovascular disorders such as aneurysms of the brain and clogged arteries in the neck that can lead to stroke; head and spinal cord injuries; brain and spinal cord tumors; as well as pain and abnormalities relating to the peripheral nerves (face, arms, legs, hands and feet). A neurological surgeon may provide either surgical or nonsurgical care, depending on the nature of the injury or illness.

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