Brain Surgery
Beyond brain tumor removal, neurosurgery branches out into a multitude of other diverse areas. Neurosurgery refers to any number of surgical procedures performed on not only the central nervous system, but even the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Neurosurgery encompasses surgeries for trauma, surgical clipping for brain aneurysms, and even certain operations to help mitigate psychiatric diseases.

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Laminectomy

A laminectomy is a surgical procedure in which the surgeon removes a portion of the bony arch, or lamina, on the dorsal surface of a vertebra, which is one of the bones that make up the human spinal column. It is done to relieve back pain that has not been helped by more conservative treatments. In most cases a laminectomy is an elective procedure rather than emergency surgery. A laminectomy for relief of pain in the lower back is called a lumbar laminectomy or an open decompression.

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Craniotomy

A craniotomy is a procedure to remove a lesion in the brain through an opening in the skull (cranium).

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Spinal Fusion

Spinal fusion is a procedure that promotes the fusing, or growing together, of two or more vertebrae in the spine.

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Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) delivers a constant low electrical stimulation to a small region of the brain, through implanted electrodes connected to an implanted battery. It is used to partially restore normal movements in Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.

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Finding a Surgeon
Finding a surgeon refers to the process of choosing a doctor with specialized training in one or more branches of surgery to perform a specific procedure. It is almost always done in the context......
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Microsurgery
Microsurgery is surgery that is performed on very small structures, such as blood vessels and nerves, with specialized instruments under a microscope.PurposeMicrosurgical......
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Neurosurgery
Neurosurgery is a specialized field of surgery for the treatment of diseases or conditions of the central nervous system (CNS) and spine.DescriptionNeurosurgery......
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>Select comparative data from 1999 to 2006 include an 11 percent increase in the number of neurosurgeons with full-time academic appointments and a 6 percent increase in the number of female neurosurgeons.


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