Spine Specialists: Neurosurgeon vs. Orthopaedic Surgeon

We are often asked by our patients with spine conditions which one is the better option to do their spine surgery, a neurosurgeon or an orthopaedic surgeon? At ONE® Brain & Spine Center®, both our neurosurgeon and orthopaedic surgeon may be considered as both are highly-trained and experienced to perform most types of spine surgery.
Let us highlight the similarities and differences between the two specialties because at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® we place great value on educating our patients to help them make informed decisions.

Spine Neurosurgeons

Neurosurgeons specialize in the diagnosis, surgical treatment, such as minimally invasive neurosurgery, as well as non-surgical care of neurological diseases and injuries affecting the spinal cord and nervous system.

  • Spine and spinal cord
  • Nerves
  • Intracranial and intraspinal vasculature
  • Some neurosurgeons specialize exclusively on brain surgery, some on spine surgery, and some split their practice between the two.

Orthopedic Surgeons

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis, spine surgical treatments, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, as well as non-surgical care, physical rehabilitation, and prevention of disorders of the spine or the musculoskeletal system. There are orthopedic surgeons who focus their practice exclusively on spine surgery and there are some who specialize in other types of joints, such as shoulders, knees and hips. Then, there are also those who split their orthopaedic practice in different areas. Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of almost all bone and joint disorders.

  • Spinal disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma
  • Bone tumors
  • Spine or bone deformities
  • Total joint replacement

Similarities Between Neurosurgeon and Orthopaedic Surgeon

It is important for patients to know that both spine neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are highly trained and experienced to do different types of spine surgeries. Both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are trained to provide surgical treatments for herniated discdisc degenerationspinal stenosis, lower back pain, bone tumors of the spine, and more.
However, there are a few types of spine surgery in which one specialty tends to be more qualified to perform.
Neurosurgeons are more qualified to perform surgical procedures done inside the lining of the spinal canal, also called the dura. Some of the conditions that arise from this part of the spine are spinal cord tumors, tethered spinal cord and Chiari malformation. Orthopedic surgeons are better qualified to perform spinal deformity surgery, such as scoliosis.

Patient’s Options

At ONE® Brain & Spine Center®, you can seek consultation with either or both our neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon, who are both highly-trained and experienced in spine surgery for the treatment of various disorders affecting the spine, and equally share a common goal of advancing the field of spine care.

Seeking the Best Spine Surgeon in Southern California?

If you or a loved one is suffering from any spine conditions or injury and in need of minimally invasive spine surgery, we urge you to see our spine specialists at ONE® Brain & Spine Center® for consultation. Call (949) 383-4190 to schedule an appointment or fill out our Contact Form.

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