Nature of the work
The specialty of neurosurgery involves the
clinical management of patients with potentially surgically
treatable conditions of the central (intracranial and spinal) and
peripheral nervous systems.
Working in neurosurgery
Neurosurgery encompasses the diagnosis,
assessment and surgical management of disorders of the nervous
system. It’s a fast-paced specialty, with emergency and urgent work
accounting for more than 50 per cent of the neurosurgical caseload.
Almost all neurosurgical consultants are involved in the delivery
of emergency services and therefore must be competent to manage a
wide range of adult conditions and to provide basic emergency
paediatric surgical care.
Common procedures / interventions
Vascular neurosurgery is a common procedure,
as is spinal surgery for degenerative disease, intracranial tumours
Associated sub specialties
- cerebrovascular surgery
- paediatric neurosurgery
- pain and functional surgery
- skull base and pituitary surgery
- spinal surgery.
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