Most people think of neurosurgeons as cranial surgeons only. However, neurosurgeons are medical specialists who diagnose and treat disorders of the entire nervous system – brain, spine and its nerves. Of course, they operate on the brain, but they actually spend much of their training and time helping patients with spine problems; providing the highest level of expertise with surgical and conservative interventions.
Do I need surgery if I am being referred to a neurosurgeon? Not necessarily. Your referring physician most likely believes that you have a disease or disorder which could benefit from review by a neurosurgeon. The decision whether or not to then undertake surgery is a complex one best handled by your neurosurgeon to work toward a wholistic solution to your disease process.