A neurosurgeon is a specialty provider in the medical field that deals with much more than the brain – although that may be the first thing you think of when you hear the term. 

Neurosurgeons perform complex and delicate operations on the brain, but they also work within the body’s entire nervous system; and just because their title has the word “surgeon” in it doesn’t mean surgery is always the answer. In fact, it’s often the last option these expert health professionals consider when working with patients.

This article will look at what it’s like to visit a neurosurgeon, what conditions would trigger your visit, and how to make the most of your clinical consultation.

Why Would I See a Neurosurgeon?

You may want to seek care from a neurosurgeon if you’re experiencing severe illness or pain or you have a referral from your physician. Many people live their entire lives and never visit a doctor of neurosurgery. These clinical professionals are trained to diagnose and treat conditions of the nervous system, including the brain and spine. 

Neurosurgeons are trained in surgery, and can provide these treatments in addition to other types of life-saving treatments. The majority of neurosurgery cases treat back, neck, and leg pain. 

Some of the typical symptoms that would prompt you to seek care from a neurosurgeon include:

  • A weak hand grip 
  • Back or neck pain
  • Dizziness or balance issues
  • Impaired ability to move normally 
  • Persistent numbness or pain in the extremities
  • Seizures, either moderate or severe
  • Unusual and severe headaches or migraines

vist a neurosurgeonNeurosurgeons can treat patients with:

  • Aneurysms
  • Birth defects
  • Blocked arteries
  • Brain damage
  • Brain tumors
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Epilepsy 
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumors
  • Stroke

While this is by no means a comprehensive list, neurosurgeons can handle everything from treating Parkinson’s disease to low back pain or carpal tunnel. They can also surgically remove brain tumors and potentially save your life.

Chronic back pain is a very common problem with more than 65 million Americans suffering from it. This condition may first be treated by a primary care physician with anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or other non-surgical treatments. If the condition worsens or is chronic, you may be referred to a neurosurgeon to talk about other treatment options.

What’s it Like to Visit a Neurosurgeon?

You’ve been to the doctor in the past, but if you’ve never seen a neurosurgeon, you may wonder what to expect. These clinical visits follow the same structure as any doctor visit, including a history, exam, diagnosis, and treatment plan.

The caring and experienced team at Orlando Neurosurgery understands you may be scared and concerned when visiting their practice. Each patient undergoes a thorough consultation, exam, and medical history, along with a careful discussion of the treatment options available to alleviate their condition. Unlike smaller practices, Orlando Neurosurgery offers the full-spectrum of treatments for your spine and neurological conditions. 

Once you arrive, your medical history and basic symptoms will be confirmed. Then your physician will conduct a focused neurological exam and review any test results. The doctor will also talk candidly with you about your options and any benefits or risks of your medical treatment options.

Our goal is that you leave with a treatment plan of action in place. Your doctor and our experienced support team will take as much time as you need to answer any questions about your condition and your options on treatment.

How Can I Make The Most of My Neurosurgery Visit? 

To get the most out of your visit with the neurosurgeon, there are a few things you can do before, during, and after your visit.

Before the Appointment

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If you are a new patient, you will have medical history and personal information to complete. We can provide these forms in advance, so you have plenty of time to complete them. 

It’s good to take time before your visit to gather any documentation you may have about your symptoms. Some patients create a kind of symptom journal, tracking which days were difficult or days that were pain free. Knowing your allergies and bringing a list of medications you’re on is important for any medical visit. If you have copies of your radiographic images, such as a CT scan, MRI, or X-ray film, please bring them to the appointment.

Try to jot down any questions you have about your condition, your doctor, or even Orlando Neurosurgery. Your clinical team will answer any questions you have and make sure you understand how to keep moving forward in your health journey. Coming prepared with lots of questions will help put your mind at ease about your illness and the treatment we can provide.

During Your Appointment

If possible, we ask that you arrive about 15-minutes early for your appointment. That gives us a cushion of time to review your new patient paperwork.

As you meet with the doctor and the clinical staff, be as honest as possible about what you’ve been feeling, your lifestyle, or any other information you can share that will aid our diagnosis and treatment plan. We are here to help you get better, so be sure to share the reality of the pain you’re experiencing, the exercise you’re getting, or even your dietary choices. Every answer gives us a better sense of how we can help you get better.

We try our best to keep appointments running as smoothly as possible for all our patients and this includes spending as much time as you need to discuss your treatment plan. Every question you ask will be answered with care. 

After Your Neurosurgery Visit

Once you and your doctor have agreed to a treatment plan, it’s important to follow your neurosurgeon’s instructions to the letter. This will speed your recovery and give you the best possible quality of life you can have. Know that we are in this with you, and together, we can help you heal. 

If you’re seeking a referral to a neurosurgeon, we hope you will consider our practice. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 407-975-0200 or schedule your appointment online.

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