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should I have back surgery by an orthopetic surgeon or ...

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should I have back surgery by an orthopetic surgeon or a neurologist?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

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Back surgery are usually done by orthopedic surgeon.

If you have degenerative disc disease or fracture of vertebra please go ahead for a orthopedic surgeon

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for the answer.
I am very comfortable with my orthopedic guy, but a chiropractor told me I should never let an orthopedic surgeon work on my back, that I should see a neurosurgeon.
Expert:  DR MED MD replied 8 years ago.
Thanks for accept.

I think orthopedic surgeon will be better.

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Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
Not to start any controversy, but in the United States, at least, in terms of training, the Neurosurgeon will have much more spine cases in training than their orthopedic surgery counterparts.

There are very good spine fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons out there, but generally (though I may be biased), many people will feel that a neurosurgeon is a better surgeon on the spine, as they can also deal with any complications (tears in the dura, or the covering of the spinal cord) that an orthopedic surgeon may limited experience - again, only my opinion, but also (presumably) the opinion of your chiropractor as well.