||Should I have an Orthopedic Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon perform surgery on my cervical spine?|
best way to answer this question is to start with the fact that it
should be a SPINE surgeon that performs the operation. Spine surgery
techniques have evolved so rapidly, that a new discipline "spine surgery" has
been born in the medical community. With the advent of new techniques
for treating spine disease, such as The Bryan Artificial Cervical Disc,
the general orthopedic or general neurosurgeon may not have the necessary
equipment and training for a complex spinal procedure.
The well trained spine surgeon will also have at his disposal a complete array of techniques which can be individualized to patients. Every patient presenting with a spine problem necessitating surgery will have some unique quality which will require adaptation of all known surgical techniques. A key factor which will identify a surgeon qualified to do high quality spine surgery will be a record of producing spinal balance if spinal reconstruction is necessary. Little skill is necessary to produce a spinal fusion. Significant skill is necessary to recreate spinal balance.
Orthopedic Surgeon is trained in diagnosing and treating the diseases
of the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, ligaments,
tendons, muscles and nerves. A Neurosurgeon is trained in diagnosis
and treatment of the entire nervous system, composed of the brain,
spinal cord and spinal column, as well as the nerves that travel
through all parts of the body (hands, legs, arms, face).
Last modified: November 15, 2007