How To Choose the Best Neurosurgeon for You
If you’re considering brain or spinal surgery, your choice of a neurosurgeon must be a careful, thoughtful and comprehensive one. After all, you want someone precise and methodical in everything he/she does in the operating room. And out of the OR, they should be able to communicate with you in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable with their skills and their plan of action.
So, what’s the best way to determine which neurosurgeon is the best fit for you and the procedure you need?
Consider a Neurosurgeon Who:
- Is board-certified in their specialty
- Listens carefully to your history and concerns
- Conducts a detailed neurological exam focused on your specific complaint; In many cases, the surgeon’s Physician’s Assistant and/or nurse practitioner will conduct an initial exam, with the surgeon following up, conducting their own assessment.
- Takes time to educate you about your particular condition (including reviewing x-rays or videos of the upcoming procedure)
As a patient, you should also have the information you need to help make an appropriate selection. You’ll want to gather any questions you might have, and have them ready for a potential neurosurgeon. Come prepared with any and all concerns about your condition, and next steps.
Questions to ask the neurosurgeon
- What are my options to address my condition?
- What happens if no treatment or surgery is done?
- How much experience have you had with this type of treatment or surgery?
- What are the risks and benefits of the treatment or surgery?
- What will I need to do to prepare for any post-op recovery?
Our Approach with Patients
At Maryland, Brain, Spine and Pain, we always ask our patients, ‘How can we put you at ease?’ A question we ask ourselves is, ‘What would I do if s/he were a member of my family?’ It’s important to us to be able to sleep at night with our decisions.
Our practice was founded on integrity and exceptional surgical skills, and although it’s an inspiring time to be a surgeon with so many exciting and innovative surgical solutions available, we are conservative in introducing surgery as an option. We believe that surgery should only be considered when all other treatment options have been exhausted.
That being said, if surgery is chosen as the treatment plan, we sit down with our patients for however long it takes to answer their questions and make certain they understand the procedure and the post-op plan. No question is too small. And no conversation takes too long.
What MBSP Neurosurgeons Treat
- Complex Brain Disorders including tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, hemorrhages and degenerative conditions such as normal pressure hydrocephalus
- Complex Spine Disorders and Diseases, including degenerative conditions, tumors, trauma, infections and spinal instability
- Stereotactic radiosurgery (non-invasive treatment of tumors)
- Complex Cranial and Pituitary Gland Brain Tumors
- Complex Pain Conditions
For a complete list please visit What We Treat page.
How We Treat Brain and Spinal Conditions:
- Non-Invasive Stereotactic Radiosurgery
- Minimially-invasive spine and brain surgery
- iFUSE Implant System®
- Skull Base Neurosurgery (incl. pituitary tumors)
- Artificial Disc Replacement and Spinal Motion Preservation Surgeries
- Spinal Cord Neuromodulation techniques
- Coflex® Interlaminar Stabilization
All of us at MBPS deliver excellent judgment, compassionate care, and outstanding results. We truly are specialists in peace of mind and relief of pain.
Contact MBSP today for a consultation or 2nd opinion.