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A neurosurgeon is a medical doctor who has further training specifically in the area of the brain and spine, and performs operations. Some have furthered their interests in specific areas or conditions of the nervous system, such as epilepsy surgery, vascular surgery and neck surgery.

How do I see a neurosurgeon?

If you need to see a neurosurgeon, your GP or neurologist will refer you.

Not every hospital has a neurosurgeon, in fact there are only 31 neuroscience units in the UK and around 110 neurosurgeons. This is why waiting lists tend to be long. Occasionally neurologists make regular visits and hold clinics in local hospitals, however, if you require further specialist investigations it is likely you will have to go to your nearest neuro unit. See our UK map for your nearest neuroscience unit.

After neurosurgery, you may have follow-up appointments with your neurosurgeon to discuss your recovery and further treatment options.