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What Is Neurosurgical Spine Surgery?

Neurosurgical spine surgery involves evaluating, diagnosing, and treating neurological conditions related to the spine and spinal cord. A neurosurgeon specializing in spine surgery will treat degenerative conditions such as back pain, spinal stenosis, scoliosis (deformity), and disk herniation, trauma (spine fractures), tumors (of spine bones and spinal cord), congenital malformations of the spine, and other diseases impacting the structure or function of the spine.

Here are several specific diseases treated by spine neurosurgeons: 

  • Compression fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis and spinal deformities
  • Tumors, such as chordoma and chondrosarcoma
  • Spina bifida

These certainly aren’t the only diseases spine neurosurgeons treat. Some neurosurgical spine surgeons specialize in treating different complexities of disease. In the next section, we’ll talk more about the different types of spine neurosurgeons. 

What’s the Difference Between a Neurosurgical Spine Surgeon and an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon?

At the end of the day, neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons treat many of the same diseases related to the structure and function of the spine. However, differences and limitations do exist.

Neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons both attend residency training after completing medical school.

  • Neurosurgery is currently a 7-year residency program with spine surgery being a key curricular component. Neurosurgical residents commonly practice spine surgery right out of residency. Some neurosurgical graduates complete fellowship programs for minimally invasive and complex spine deformities. Neurosurgeons are especially trained to remove tumors from within the spinal cord.
  • Orthopedic surgery is a 5-year residency with an emphasis on restoring mechanics of bones and joints throughout the body. Many, if not all orthopedic surgeons, choose to complete a 1-year fellowship before entering practice as a spine surgeon. These surgeons are especially well trained in the biomechanics of the spine and management of deformity and scoliosis.

Now, let’s address where to find spine neurosurgeons. 

Where To Find a Neurosurgeon Specializing in Spine Surgery

Neurosurgical spine surgeons can be found in most cities. While any neurosurgeon is qualified to perform routine spine surgeries, those specializing in complex spine conditions may be more centralized to ensure the availability of appropriate technologies and resources in the hospital to care for those patients with more complex problems. Sometimes, you’ll have to travel to find a neurosurgical spine surgeon specializing in a particular disorder.

Here are some places you may find spine neurosurgeons: 

  • Private clinics. Many spine neurosurgeons have their own practice while operating at a nearby hospital. 
  • Community hospitals. These hospitals may not be associated with a university, but they are still quite large and well equipped to provide a vast array of neurosurgical services. 
  • Research/academic hospitals. These are large hospitals that are typically associated with a university. These facilities employ academic spine surgeons who are engaged in teaching and research, and have access to cutting edge technologies for spine care.
  • Second opinions. Private neurosurgical spine surgeons have the freedom to refer their patients anywhere, as they are not restricted to using their own hospital’s network. This isn’t always an issue, but it’s something to consider when contemplating second opinions. 

Due to the complexity of the care of patients suffering from spine disorders, and variations in the practice styles of spine surgeons, second opinions are encouraged for patients who require extensive spinal surgeries including fusions.

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