Neurosurgery FAQs

By Dr. Waqas Mehdi – Neurosurgeon Lahore, Pakistan

 What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is a medical discipline that involved the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. They types of conditions treated are a result of trauma, tumors, degenerative disease (arthritis), vascular disease, and nerve entrapment.

 What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is a physician that diagnoses and treats, both surgically and non-surgically, disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves.

 What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?

A neurologist and a neurosurgeon are similar to a cardiologist and a cardiac surgeon: the neurosurgeon can offer a surgical solution to neurologic disorders, while the neurologist identifies neurological disorders through diagnostic testing and uses solely medical means to treat them.

 I have been referred to a neurosurgeon, does that mean I need an operation?

No. Many of the conditions patients suffer can be managed without surgery, at least initially. I always attempt to treat my patients conservatively when it is appropriate. If surgery is recommended, the risks and goals of the procedure will be discussed thoroughly with you as well as possible alternative treatments.

 What does minimally invasive surgery mean?

With minimally invasive surgery techniques patients experience less trauma and pain due to very minimal disruption of the musculature. Compared to more traditional surgical techniques patients have minimal scarring because of very small incisions, faster recovery, shorter hospital stays and can return to pre-surgery activity levels much more quickly.

 Why choose a neurosurgeon?

While neurosurgeons perform brain surgery, they also provide the highest level of expertise in spine disorder treatment. The majority of operations performed by neurosurgeons are spine surgeries.Neurosurgeons are exclusively trained to perform procedures on the entire spine, including the spinal cord and the inside lining of the spinal canal. With the spine encasing the spinal cord and nerves, many patients choose to take the extra measure of safety when undergoing spine treatment and choose a neurosurgeon.

  • Neurosurgeons complete more spinal surgery training than any other specialty.
  • Neurosurgeons are trained in treating diseases of the spine throughout a 7-year residency.
  • Neurosurgeons are the only physicians who treat the entire spine including the spinal cord.
  • Neurosurgeons spend about 80 percent of their time treating spine problems.

 Why Choose Dr. Waqas Mehdi as neurosurgeon?

Dr. Waqas the the best Neurosurgeon in Lahore. He has provided services as neurosurgeon in different medical institutions of Lahore, including Mayo Hospital Lahore, Jinnah Hospital, Lahore General Hospital, Punjab Medical Center and MIDCITY Hospital Lahore..

He has operated a huge number of cases for brain, spine and spinal cord. Renowned for accurate diagnosis and treatment of brain/spine related diseases. Effective use of advance neurosurgery techniques (Microscope/Endoscope) makes him undoubtedly a best neurosurgeon!