Neurosurgery is the branch of medicine that deals with surgery of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves). In the past 20 years, there have been many new developments including the use of computerised navigation, stereotactic radiosurgery and endoscopic surgery. These allow the neurosurgeon to do procedures with more accuracy and less risk to the brain.


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The nervous system is made up of both our spinal cord and our brain. As both work together, they are thus inevitably correlated – if something affects our spine, it will certainly affect our brain as well. Injuries to the spine can cause memory loss, reduce mobility, cause numbness in a person and even death.

Cure By Neurosurgery

Spine and brain related complications such as head traumas, spinal infections and vascular malformations can be treated by neurological surgeries. Neurosurgical procedures may involve MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), which presents a detailed visualization of the internal structures in the body. The nervous system is an important organ system that enables our body to perform both basic and complex functions. It is therefore crucial that neurosurgical problems must always be treated with utmost urgency.

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Common conditions treated by Neurosurgeons

  • Head trauma (skull fractures, blood clots, etc)
  • Spine and spinal cord trauma
  • Brain tumours
  • Tumours of the spine, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
  • Sudden bleeding into the brain (including bleeding from high blood pressure, blood vessel abnormalities and cerebral aneurysms)
  • Cervical and lumbar disc herniation (causing compression of the spinal cord and exiting nerves in the neck and back)
  • Compression of peripheral nerves (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Some forms of epilepsy
  • Some forms of movement disorders (including Parkinson’s disease)
  • Congenital malformations of the nervous system
  • Strokes (due to blocked arteries or burst blood vessels)
  • Hydrocephalus (obstruction of flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain)
  • Severe facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia
  • Involuntary facial twitching from hemifacial spasm

Symptoms of Nervous System Problems

  • Brain problems – headaches, weakness / numbness / loss of vision, loss of consciousness, coma, epilepsy
  • Spine problems – neck and back pain, together with arm and leg pain, weakness and numbness
  • Nerve problems – pain, weakness, tingling and numbness, sweaty palms

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