Neurosurgery

Scope and Objectives

Neurosurgery is a discipline of medicine that provides (1) operative and nonoperative management (i.e., critical care, prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation) of disorders of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their supporting structures and vascular supply, (2) the evaluation and treatment of pathological processes that modify the function or activity of the nervous system, including the hypophysics, and (3) the operative and nonoperative management of pain.

As such, neurosurgery encompasses treatment of adult and pediatric patients with disorders of the nervous system — disorders of the brain, meninges, and skull and their blood supply, including the extracranial carotid and vertebral arteries, disorders of the pituitary gland, disorders of the spinal cord, meninges, and vertebral column, including those that may require treatment by spinal fusion or instrumentation, and disorders of the cranial and spinal nerves throughout their distribution.

For more details on the Department of Neurosurgery, see the department website.