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Neurological Surgery

What is neurological surgery?

Neurological surgery, also called neurosurgery, is the branch of medicine that provides both operative and nonoperative management of disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, including their supportive structures and vascular supply, and the operative and nonoperative management of pain.

Neurological surgery encompasses disorders of the brain, spine, and nerves, including the following:

  • The extracranial and intracranial carotid and vertebral arteries

  • Intracranial aneurysms 

  • Disorders of the pituitary gland, such as prolactinomas 

  • Tumors in and around the brain, such as gliomas, meningiomas, and acoustic neuromas 

  • Disorders of the spinal cord, meninges, and spine, including those that may need treatment by removing or replacing intervertebral discs, spinal fusion, or instrumentation

  • Disorders of the peripheral nerves, such as carpal tunnel or entrapped ulnar nerve at the elbow 

  • Disorders of the autonomic nervous system, such as hyperhidrosis 

  • Disorders of movement, such as Parkinson disease and spasticity

  • Pain disorders, such as failed back syndrome or trigeminal neuralgia

  • Trauma, such as acute or chronic subdural hematomas 

The surgeon who specializes in neurological surgery is called a neurosurgeon or neurological surgeon.

Online Medical Reviewer: Fetterman, Anne, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Jasmin, Luc, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/20/2015
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