A neurological surgeon provides prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, critical care and rehabilitation of disorders of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems, including their supporting structures and vascular supply; the evaluation and treatment of pathological processes that modify the function or activity of the nervous system, including the hypophysis; and the operative and non-operative management of pain.
Intracranial neurosurgery may be required for brain tumors, cortical mapping, epilepsy, intracranial aneurysms, subarachnoid hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformations, carotid stenosis, cavernous malformation, pituitary tumors and meningioma.
Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery is performed by neurosurgeons. Techniques such as endoscopic endonasal surgery is used for pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, chordomas, and the repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks.
Ventricular endoscopy is used for colloid cysts and neurocysticercosis. Endoscopic techniques can be used to assist in the evaculation of hematomas and trigeminal neuralgia. Repair of craniofacial disorders and disturbance of cerebrospinal fluid circulation is done by neurosurgeons, and depending on the situation, plastic surgeons.
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