|What does it mean to be board certified?
Neurosurgeons undergo six to eight years of specialized training following medical school; one of the longest training periods of any medical specialty. This is due to the extreme complexity of the nervous system and the advanced techniques used in neurosurgical operations.
After successfully completing this training and after at least two years of medical practice, including successfully passing a written and oral examination, the neurosurgeon then becomes Board-certified.
Certification by the American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS, www.abns.org) is considered the "gold standard" in the field. The ABNS is the only board authorized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify physicians in the field of neurosurgery.
|What is the difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon?
||A neurologist is a medical doctor who is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Neurologists perform examinations of the nerves of the head and neck, of strength and movement, balance, ambulation, and reflexes. They also examine memory, speech and language functions. They may perform diagnostic tests such as CT scans, MRI/MRAs, lumbar puncture, EEG and EMG/NCV.
A neurosurgeon is a medical doctor who is trained to perform brain, spine and peripheral nerve surgery, and who treats disorders of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, skull, arterial blood supply, spinal cord, neural elements and the spine. Since neurosurgeons also determine whether a disease should be treated surgically, they have extensive training in the diagnosis of all neurological diseases.
|What is the designation of F.A.C.S. following a physician's name?
||The letters FACS stand for Fellow, American College of Surgeons. This designation means that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established by the American College of Surgeons.