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Neurosurgery in Treasure Coast

When you think of neurosurgery, you probably think of complex brain surgeries, but this field of medicine actually covers a much broader practice area focusing on disorders of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, our neurosurgical team works with a wide range of patients to provide care for disorders ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to progressive neurological diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. To better understand what it is we do and when this type of care is needed, keep reading for a closer look at the dynamic field of neurosurgery.

When to See a Neurosurgeon

There are a number of different reasons you might be referred to a neurosurgeon, but some of the most common are discussed below. If you are experiencing any of these brain and spinal health difficulties, the expertise of a neurosurgeon may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis. These symptoms often have a wide range of possible causes, so they will require detailed imaging and advanced diagnostic techniques to facilitate proper treatment.

  • Back pain – Back pain is one of the most common health complaints of adults in the U.S., and there are many possible causes including spinal tumors, degenerative disc disease, spinal deformities, and injuries. Neurosurgeons are able to address each of these conditions with surgical and conservative treatments that will dramatically improve the function of the spine.
  • High stroke risk – If you are at high risk for stroke due to risk factors like hypertension or high risk of blood clots, you may benefit from neurosurgical care to prevent a stroke from occurring. Neurosurgeons can treat conditions like aneurysm or blood clots in the neck and head, which may significantly drive up your risk for stroke.
  • Peripheral nerve damage – Sensations like tingling of the extremities, numbness of the face, and shooting pain in the arms or legs are all characteristic signs of nerve damage, which may originate in the spine or the peripheral nervous system. A neurosurgeon may be able to pinpoint the cause of symptoms and restore nerve function to minimize symptoms that may get in the way of your daily life.

Will You Need Surgery?

A referral to a neurosurgeon does not necessarily mean that you will have to undergo surgery. While neurosurgeons are extensively trained and qualified in a number of surgical procedures, they will often opt for a more conservative initial treatment approach with non-surgical therapies. Because there is such great diversity in the conditions treated by neurosurgeons, each patient is evaluated on an individual basis and provided with a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.

For a referral to a Treasure Coast neurosurgeon at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (772) 461-4000. We are available to take your call 24/7 and answer your questions about all of our specialized hospital services.