to provide surgical and operative treatment for all types of neurological disorders. Dr. Smith is trained to perform highly technical surgeries to correct disorders of the central, autonomic or peripheral nervous systems.
Neurosurgery is a medical specialty focusing on the surgical treatment of diseases and conditions of the nervous system, including the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Neurosurgeons undergo extensive training, often completing up to 18 years of post-secondary education. Many neurosurgeons specialize in a certain area of the field, such as pediatric neurosurgery, surgical neuro-oncology, neurological spine surgery, cerebrovascular and skill base neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery and vascular neurosurgery, among other subspecialties.
Patients may require care from a neurosurgeon for a variety of different complications and diseases, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), blood clots, brain tumors, carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, among many other neurological conditions. Neurosurgeons are often consulted by other specialists and physicians, such as neurologists, emergency room physicians, family and general practitioners, internists and osteopathic physicians, among many others.
Before prescribing a surgical operation for a patient, neurosurgeons carefully review the medical history of the patient, as well as any blood tests, ultrasounds, EEG test results, nerve studies, and many other diagnostic and screening tests to ensure surgery is the best option. Neurosurgeons are trained to perform a variety of different surgical procedures, which may include posterior laminectomies, anterior discectomy with fusion, disk replacements, laminoplasties, removal of brain and other tumors, embolization of aneurysms, and many other procedures.