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What is a neurosurgeon?

A neurosurgeon is a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats conditions that affect your nervous system, including your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Despite “surgeon” in the title, neurosurgeons provide both surgical and nonsurgical treatments.

Why would I be referred to a neurosurgeon?

Your doctor would typically refer you to see a neurosurgeon if you have a neurological condition which would benefit from further assessment. Neurosurgeons have extensive knowledge about your brain, nervous system and spine as well as the conditions associated with them. He or she will conduct a thorough examination, review of your symptoms and perform an investigation to inform the best course of treatment.

The conditions we can treat

Brain tumours

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak

Chronic pain in your back and neck

Congenital brain conditions (Chiari malformations and arachnoid cysts

Congenital spinal column conditions (Spina bifida and tethered spinal cord)

Essential tremor

Herniated disks


Intracranial aneurysms

Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Parkinson’s disease

Pinched nerves


Seizure disorders (Epilepsy)

Spinal bone spurs (osteophytes)

Spinal stenosis

Spinal fractures

Spinal tumors

Spinal deformities (scoliosis and spondylisthesis)

Traumatic head, brain, neck or spine injuries

The type of surgery we can perform


Blood clot removal

Tumor removal

Shunt insertion



Aneurysm repair

Tumor removal

Brain bleed (hemorrhage) stoppage



Carpal tunnel release

Ulnar nerve release

Vagus nerve stimulation


Stereotactic spine radiosurgery



Spinal fusion

Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty

Spine stabilisation and reconstruction

Our doctors and hospitals
What to expect at your consultation?


Bring along all medical information, including your medical aid details and card, x-rays, scans, reports, current medication details etc.

During your visit, the neurologist will examine your brain and nerve functioning. This may include checking your cognitive ability, speech, vision, strength, coordination, reflexes, and physical sensations.

Your doctor may also order or conduct imaging tests and other screenings during your first visit.

?Questions your doctor might ask

  • You may want to ask about the risks, recovery and benefits of the recommended procedures and treatment plan.
What to expect and how to prepare if you require admission?

Download the following booklet to put you more at ease if you require
hospital admission

Patient Visitor Handbook

What to know for your recovery after you’ve been discharged?

Download the following booklets to find the steps you can follow to ensure a good recovery:

General surgery guide

General discharge guide