What Kind of Doctor Performs a Discectomy?

When New Jersey Spine Specialists’ orthopedic surgeons discuss spinal surgery with patients, the patients frequently ask if treatment from a neurosurgeon can soothe back pain. This is an understandable question. For many decades, neurosurgeons performed spinal surgeries such as discectomies. Today both neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are equally qualified to perform most spinal surgeries. However, there are some procedures for which NJSS’ orthopedic surgeons are more qualified than neurosurgeons.

During a discectomy, orthopedic surgeons remove herniated or degenerated discs from the spinal column. Although some neurosurgeons specialize in spinal surgery and may perform a discectomy, the ability to perform this common spine surgery is a requirement of all orthopedic surgeons. This is true of New Jersey Spine Specialists board-certified team of spinal surgery experts. If you live in the Northern New Jersey area and are experiencing debilitating back pain, don’t try and find a neurosurgeon who specializes in back surgery. Call NJ’s spine surgery experts at (908) 738-1679.

Key Difference Between Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons

The differences between neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons lay in their focus areas. Although there are neurosurgeons that specialize in spinal surgery, most neurosurgeons specialize in other areas of the central nervous system. Neurosurgeons diagnose and treat diseases of:

o The brain
o The spine and spinal cord
o Nerves
o Intracranial and intraspinal vasculature

The spine is one of four areas of focus for neurosurgeons. And although there are neurosurgeons who perform discectomies, lumbar spinal fusions, and other spinal surgeries, most neurosurgeons do not.

A vast majority of orthopedic surgeons focus on injuries of the spinal canal, spinal nerve roots, and spinal vertebrae. Performing spinal surgeries like discectomies is a requirement for a large percentage of orthopedic surgeons. New Jersey Spine Specialists’ top-rated orthopedic surgeons are industry leaders in the performance of discectomies. NJSS is uniquely qualified to perform minimally invasive spine procedures that will return you to your normal life with minimal recovery time.

Trust New Jersey Spine Specialists For All Discectomy Needs

Just because NJSS is a leader in spine surgery doesn’t mean we like to perform spine surgery. Most spinal conditions improve when treated with medicine and physical therapy. There are undoubtedly cases in which a spinal surgery – like a discectomy – is necessary. In the event that all conservative medical treatments fail to ease unmanageable spine disease symptoms, trust in New Jersey’s best spine surgeons to restore your quality of life through minimally invasive spinal surgery. Dial (908) 738-1679.

“I am pain free, walking and well on my way to recovery thanks to the help of New Jersey Spine Specialists” —Robert K

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