Back & Neck Community
Neuro or Ortho surgeon
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to back and neck problems, exercise, pain, sleeping, and physical therapy.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Neuro or Ortho surgeon

I have 2 herniated discs in my cervical spine, and a herniated disc in my lumbar spine. I have been told the cervical needs to be fixed right away and the lumbar can wait. Who is the best type of surgeon to do these procedures? Neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the spine?
Thanks
Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Both are spine specialists but the neurosurgeon,  I believe, specialises more with nerve compression etc (which is a common problem with a herniated disc)rather than with the other structures of the spine ie vertabrae and spinal column. Which type of specialist you see is dependant upon your diagonosis and your pain. Your doc should refer you to which is the most appropriate specialist. I wonder why they have said that you need the neck surgery asap, what are your symptoms? I have 2 herniated discs in cervial spine, one worse than the other, and have held off surgery so far by having less invasive pain management.
Blank
645390_tn?1338558977
thanks for your response. The neurosurgeon I needed surgery asap due to spinal cord compression that the cervical herniated discs are causing. He said when the spinal cord in being compressed in the cervical area, the damage can be irreversible. I don't have "pain" in my neck, just some stiffness, but have lots of numbness/tingling in my arm/hand. He said the numbness is worse than the pain. However, I am terrified of having the surgery and all the risks involved with that, and then end up with chronic pain afterward.I am just full of anxiety about all of this...I have 2 more opinions in the next couple weeks, with another neuro and a ortho.
Thanks,
Michelle
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Back & Neck Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Pain Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Kalvin
Milwaukee, WI
7721494_tn?1405368662
Blank
philnoir
Front Range, CO
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
8221281_tn?1397574572
Blank
Pantx
Denton, TX
1613542_tn?1366472143
Blank
bigsissie
MO
1248623_tn?1341734357
Blank
EdwardPB
Pontiac, IL