What do neurosurgical procedures involve?
You may require treatment if a medical condition affects:
- your brain or spine – the two main parts of your central nervous system
- the nerves of your peripheral nervous system
Medical treatment depends on your medical history and how a particular condition presents in your body. Treatment could range from simply resting, losing weight and exercising more or physiotherapy to radiotherapy and chemotherapy or neurosurgery. It could also require a combination.
When can a surgeon help?
When you consult with your GP, they may advise that you receive a specialised diagnosis and treatment. A neurosurgeon has been highly trained to diagnose and treat medical conditions affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.
If your neurosurgeon determines that surgery is the most appropriate treatment, they and their team will guide you through every step of the surgical process – from preparation and recovery to rehabilitation. A neurosurgeon can perform a variety of neurosurgical procedures, sometimes for the same condition.
Other times, your condition may require a multidisciplinary approach. This means other specialised surgeons such as plastic and reconstructive surgeons or head and neck surgeons may be involved in your care. It may also feature allied healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists and speech therapists.
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