Neurosurgery is a medical discipline that is closely associated with neurology. Like neurologists, neurosurgeons treat patients with an injury or disease that impacts on their central nervous system or on their peripheral nerves.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons work closely together in multi-disciplinary teams; the overall management and treatment plan for patients is overseen by the neurologist and the neurosurgeon provides surgical expertise when that is a necessary part of the therapy.
Another key member of the multi-disciplinary team is the neuroradiologist, who uses radioactive imaging methods and radiotherapy to diagnose and treat neurological problems. CT scans, PET scans, brain angiographies and MRI scans are used routinely as diagnostic tools and to monitor how patients are improving with treatment.
Some of our neurosurgeons specialise in spinal surgery and perform operations to treat tumours and degenerative conditions that affect the vertebrae in the backbone, the spinal cord, and the fluid and membranes that surround it