I’m referred to a neurosurgeon for my cervical, thorasic and lumbar injuries. What’s the difference between a orthopedic surgeon and a neurosurgeon or are they the same? Also I’m sending you my MRIs for 2nd opinion do you charge the same for Complete spine. Thanks in advance Doctor!!!
This is a controversial topic. Many people think “neurosurgery” and think these specialists are the spine experts but that would be incorrect. Neurosurgeons come from a brain surgery perspective. Spine surgeons are originally orthopedists who have completed a spine surgery fellowship. Orthopedists originate more from ligaments, bones and joints of which the spine is primarily constructed. Scoliosis surgeries and reconstructions have all originated from spine surgeons.
40-50% of my practice is devoted to reconstruction of failed previous spine surgeries and 80% of those failures originated from neurosurgeons. This is not to say that neurosurgeons cannot be good spine surgeons, but the field of neurosurgery is still catching up with spine surgeons.
PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.