However, recent advances in medical science means neurosurgeons can now also treat some of the symptoms of cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.
How do I get treatment?
If you feel you may need the services of a neurosurgeon, you should first contact your GP who will assess your condition and make a referral if required. If you do not agree with your GP you may ask for a second opinion.
You should be aware that given the limited number of neurosurgeons available, you may have to wait a long time for a non-urgent appointment.
Once you have had your consultation with the neurosurgeon you may experience further delays waiting for tests before the surgery can proceed. As with the surgeons themselves, resources such as MRI and CT scanners and the specialist staff required to operate them, are scarce and will be allocated to urgent cases first.
Moreover, the diagnosis of a neurological disorder can involve a series of such tests, with each yielding a small but vital clue to the overall picture. As a result, it can be a long and complex process to achieve a diagnosis and proceed to surgery.
It should be noted that the above process covers ‘elective’, non-urgent neurosurgery only. Naturally, if you have an urgent or life threatening condition, such as a brain tumour, you will be seen promptly and your tests and surgery will be given priority.