Neurosurgery is the medical specialization of diagnosing and treating patients with diseases or disorders affecting the nervous system. The nervous system is comprised of the brain and its associated blood vessels, the spinal column, spinal cord and nerves as well as the peripheral nerves. Of these, the spinal column and spinal cord and its nerves are of the most concern to neurosurgeons specializing in disorders of the spine.
Only neurosurgeons are trained to perform procedures inside the lining of the spinal canal called the dura mater. Therefore, diagnoses like spinal cord tumors, tethered spinal cord, Chiari malformation and syringomyelia, fall exclusively under the domain of the neurosurgeon. Other diagnoses commonly treated by Spinal Neurosurgeons include sciatica, herniated discs, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and other developmental disorders of the spine. Other areas of expertise include spinal trauma (including vertebral fractures and spinal cord injury) and the treatment of metastatic cancer to the spine. (put in a generic picture somewhere along here)
Our Spine Neurosurgeons offer many different procedures, techniques and devices.
And much more….
The University of Colorado Department of Neurosurgery has many very gifted surgeons, most of whom work out of the UCHealth Spine Center. The Spine Center is a multi-disciplinary center including Neurosurgeons, Orthopedic Surgeons, PM&R physicians (Physical Medicine & Rehab), and Anaesthesiologists, Physical Therapists, and many others. In addition to regional leadership in state-of-the-art surgical procedures and research in this field, and The Spine Center includes an injection clinic, a pain psychologist, a procedures clinic, and a multi-faceted approach to comprehensive spinal care.