When you hear “neurosurgeon”, you may naturally think of brain surgery. The fact is, neurosurgeons diagnose and treat disorders of the entire nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, spinal column, skull and peripheral nerves.

When is Neurosurgery Needed?

Many conditions treated by neurosurgeons can be managed without surgery, at least initially. Your doctor may first recommend lifestyle changes, medication, injections or physical therapy.

If surgery is needed, your doctor will be sure to tell you all about the risks and benefits. Often, minimally invasive surgery is an option which means you’ll have smaller incisions and lower risk for post-surgery complications than with traditional surgery.

If you’re suffering from one of these conditions, talk to your primary care physician, who may refer you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Together, your Mercy care team will provide the quality, compassionate care needed to relieve your symptoms and get you back to living life to its fullest.

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