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Should I let a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon treat me

In order to be board certified by this board a surgeon must first be board certified in Orthopedic Surgery or Neurosurgery and perform a large number of spine cases. Obviously Orthopedic Surgeons are the specialists of joints and Neurosurgeons of the brain; spine is a crossover area.

Those Orthopedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons that are certified by The American Board of Spinal Surgeons have made a conscious effort to master the techniques of the others’ specialty necessary to the successful performance of spinal surgery. Therefore those Neurosurgeons and Orthopedic Surgeons who have made this step are all equally qualified and capable.