Originally Posted by ThoreauFan
Finding a surgeon that the patient is most comfortable with is the key.
My surgery was performed by an NS. However, it could have been an Ortho had I been seeking out University hospitals and it just so happened that the surgeon with the best reputation and cutting edge experience was an Ortho.
However, there is no recognized specialty in Spinal Surgery, and that does make a difference; a NS is held to a higher standard, legally, no matter where the surgery is performed, their training is different, and an Ortho cannot breach the thecal sac if a problem arises during surgery demanding such.
So, yes, there are differences, but the individual circumstances can just as often, if not more often, lead to one choosing an Ortho over an NS.
Never heard of a neurosurgeon being held to a higher legal standard. As are far as Spinal Surgery there is a specialty and that is a Spinal Specialist. Which is what my Orthosurgeon is.
And it was my Neurologist that recommended him.