Neurosurgical Conditions

Brain Conditions

What is the brain?

Your brain is arguably the most complex organ in your body.

This extraordinary structure controls all of your functions and provides you with life. Your brain gives you the ability to breathe, move, think, imagine, create, communicate, feel sensations and experience emotions.

It is also the blueprint of your unique personality. Just like fingerprints, no two brains are alike.Brain Conditions _ Dr Raj Reddy Neurosurgeon

Your brain is a core part of your central nervous system and comprises billions of cells called neurons and glial cells. Neurons transmit information to and from other parts of our bodies while glial cells support and protect our neurons.

The central part of your brain is known as the cerebrum. It is made up of the left and right hemispheres. The cerebrum generates conscious activity such as learning, thoughts and sensations.

Your cerebellum, which is positioned at the back of your brain, governs coordination and balance.

Your brain stem connects your brain to your spinal cord, providing a pathway for your brain to communicate with the rest of your body. The brain stem is responsible for vital functions. It keeps you breathing and swallowing and your heart beating.

What conditions affect the brain?

A range of medical conditions can affect the brain and its associated structures. These include:

If you notice any changes to your body, you should consult with your GP. If there is a possibility of a brain condition, your GP may refer you to a neurosurgeon. A neurosurgeon provides specialised diagnoses and treatment.

Before your neurosurgical consultation, your GP may send you for medical imaging – such as x-rays and scans –, tests and other clinical investigations. Once complete, take these reports with you to your neurosurgical consultation.

If you would like to see Dr Raj Reddy, make sure your GP provides you with a referral before you book an appointment.

How to prepare for your neurosurgical consultation.

 

 

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