A neurosurgeon is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.
Fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons are equally qualified. However, the main difference is in training. A neurosurgeon is trained to treat conditions of the brain and spine, while an orthopaedic spine surgeon specializes in treating the spine.
What Conditions Do Neurosurgeons Treat? Neurosurgeons are trained to treat people with trauma to the brain and spine, aneurysms, blocked arteries, chronic low-back pain, birth defects, tumors in the brain and spinal cord, and peripheral nerve issues.
Seeing a neurosurgeon does not always mean a patient needs surgery. In fact, our physicians at Front Range Spine And Neurosurgery use conservative, or non-invasive, treatments first, before even considering minimally-invasive (small incision) or open surgery.
The most commons neurosurgical procedures are spinal surgeries for decompression and/or fusion. In the brain, the most common surgeries are for brain tumors and blood clots.
As it sounds, when people undergo awake brain surgery — also known as an awake craniotomy — they are awake, at least for part of it. Even though the patient is conscious during surgery, they don't feel any pain. The brain doesn't have any pain receptors and a local anesthetic is used to numb the scalp.
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Brain surgeons typically perform forty to fifty brain surgeries and 160 to 180 spine surgeries per year. It's not unusual for them to perform fifteen brain surgeries in a week, and they often find themselves working sixty-plus hours in a single week.
Sleep depends largely on whether or not I'm on call. On call days, I can get anywhere from no sleep to about 4 hours, though the sleep I do get is rarely uninterrupted. On post-call days, I typically try to sleep for at least 4 hours during the day and wake up so that I can enjoy at least part of the afternoon/evening.
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