Orange County Neurosurgery at Healthpointe‘s physicians are well-trained and have extensive experience in treating diseases and injuries that affect the brain and nervous system. Our approach puts more importance on preventive care, thus making it easier to catch and treat conditions affecting the brain, spine, and the rest of the central nervous system.
Do I Need a Second Opinion for Neurosurgery?
There are many forms of treatment for the diverse conditions that affect the spine, brain, and central nervous system. However, when your primary care physician suggests surgical intervention for these neurological conditions, it might leave you with questions, concerns, or even fears. These reactions are understandable, but it must be emphasized that you can always seek the opinion of another physician.
A second opinion is a recommended option for something as serious as surgery for your neurological conditions. There are many benefits of getting a second opinion, which can include receiving additional information, having your questions answered, removing doubts and helping you weigh the benefits and risks of treatments offered by the surgeons.
Ultimately, obtaining a second opinion from other neurosurgeons, particularly from the neurosurgeons at Healthpointe, can supply you with a better understanding of your condition, which can help you make a more informed decision as it relates to your medical care. Furthermore, it is important to consider a second opinion, as it may be required by your insurance company before they cover any treatment.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is becoming more and more popular amongst hospitals and neurosurgeons. These procedures are performed through smaller incisions, as compared to the larger incisions of conventional “open” surgery. Since these incisions are small, patients have the potential to recover more quickly, and experience less discomfort than with conventional surgery. Through not always the best option, MIS are our surgeons’ first surgical option if they are certain that their patient will receive the same benefits, but at an equal or better outcome.
Our surgeons are some of the few surgeons using minimally-invasive techniques in Orange County, CA. Many surgeons claim to offer minimally-invasive procedures, but seldom perform them. At Healthpointe, our neurosurgeons will help you avoid surgery when possible. We believe that a good surgeon will do everything in their power to do so. The best neurosurgeons will be able to offer you a minimally-invasive approach if you, and your surgeon, ultimately agree that surgery is the best option.
Some common symptoms of neurological disorders include:
- Burning sensations
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of consciousness
- Prickling sensations (pins and needles)
- Muscle weakness or paralysis
- Disruption of involuntary actions such as bladder control, breathing, perspiration and swallowing
In many cases, patients who suffer from neurological disorders will have symptoms that affect their quality of life. This includes possible disruption of involuntary actions, such as swallowing, perspiration, bladder control, and breathing. These are also signs that there may be something wrong with parts of the patient’s central nervous system (brain and/or spinal cord). In order to determine whether these symptoms are indeed caused by a neurological disorder, several tests may be done to confirm or rule out other health issues. These tests are done on specific parts of the central nervous system such as the:
- Autonomic nerves, which regulate the internal organs, blood vessels and sweat glands
- Brain and spinal cord
- Cranial nerves connected to the eyes, face, ears, nose, and throat
- Nerves that provide motion and sensation to the arms and legs
At Orange County Neurosurgery at Healthpointe, we offer comprehensive evaluations for all your medical needs.
If you have any questions or worries, please schedule an appointment today.
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