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When you think of a neurosurgeon, you probably immediately think of brain surgery. While this depiction is not entirely inaccurate, it does not fully represent the scope of what neurosurgeons do. Neurosurgery not only treats conditions affecting the brain, but also the entire central nervous system, including the spine. In fact, some neurosurgeons focus entirely on spine surgery, which combines orthopedic knowledge with a deep understanding of the central nervous system and the role the spine plays within it.
Causes for Spine Surgery
Dr. Anthony Owusu is a surgeon who specializes in minimally-invasive spine surgery. With fellowship training from the prestigious Texas Back Institute and a history of hundreds of successful spine procedures, our doctor brings an orthopedic and neurosurgical background to his practice. He provides his patients with exceptional care for painful conditions including sciatica, pinched nerves, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and chronic pain. These conditions are characteristically difficult to diagnose, treat, and manage because they often cause symptoms in areas away from the root of the problem. These symptoms may include:
- Pain in the arms, hands, or wrists caused by an impacted nerve in the cervical spine
- Pain shooting down one leg due to lumbar spine injuries
- Numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the arms or legs originating with impacted spinal nerves
- Loss of bowel control caused by lumbar spine conditions
Symptoms to Talk to Your Surgeon About
Almost everyone will have back pain at some point in their lives, and it may not always require specialized care from a spine surgeon. You should consider visiting a spine surgeon to discuss minimally-invasive surgery if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Back pain that is not relieved with rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
- Back pain that disrupts daily activities
- Pain accompanied by sensations of tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness
Having the above symptoms does not necessarily mean that you will need surgery, but you should still see a spinal surgeon to discuss your full range of treatment options.
Neurosurgeons Provide More than Just Surgery
While the above symptoms may require a surgical treatment approach, not all back pain and degenerative spinal conditions will need surgery. That’s why when you schedule an appointment with a neurosurgeon specializing in spine surgery, you will be presented with many conservative, non-surgical treatment options to try first. When surgery is recommended, minimally-invasive surgical techniques will be utilized as often as possible. With these surgeries, patients experience less physical trauma, so they have less pain in their recovery as well as a shorter overall recovery time. This may be a contrast to what you envision with neurosurgery, as many people imagine complex surgeries that are much more disruptive to daily life.
Reasons to Choose Our Spine Institute
You can rely on the highest standards of surgical excellence. Our doctor utilizes scientifically-proven minimally-invasive surgical techniques and is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. We treat a wide range of conditions with the latest surgical technologies available for improved outcomes and recovery times.