Brain And Spine Specialist(s) in Turkey

About Brain and Spine Surgeons in Turkey

Types of Brain and Spine specialists

Brain and spine specialists can be broadly categorized into two types depending on the nature of their specialization and the procedures they carry out. The types are given below:

  • Neurologist
  • Neurosurgeon

About Neurologist

A Neurologist is a doctor who helps in the diagnosis, treatment and management of the disorders of the nervous system, constituting the brain, spinal cord and nerves. A neurologist specializes in treating the disorders of the nervous system, such as epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, etc. A child neurologist, also called pediatric neurologist, is a doctor who treats children having problems with their nervous system. More details on pediatric neurologist can be found in the below section of this page.

Procedures Performed by Neurologists:

  • Lumbar Puncture (also known as Spinal Tap)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Tensilon Test
  • Electroencephalogram
  • Auditory brainstem implant
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Botox injections
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Concussion testing
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Diaphragm pacing
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Locomotor training
  • Pediatric cervical spine surgery
  • Spinal fusion
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Who Is a Pediatric Neurologist?

Pediatric neurologist, also called a child neurologist, is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the diseases and disorders affecting the nervous system of a child.

Your pediatrician might ask you to take you baby or child for visiting a pediatric neurologist if he witnesses a risk or abnormality in the neurological condition of the child as observed through the below (but not limited to) signs:

  • Seizures and epilepsy
  • Muscle problems which may cause muscle weakness
  • Headaches (including migraines and concussions)
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Intellectual disability
  • Congenital malformations
  • Stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Genetic conditions
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Infections or inflammation
  • Brain tumors

Procedures Performed by Pediatric Neurologists

Some of the common procedures performed by a pediatric neurologist are:

  • Blood tests
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) /Electromyography test (EMG)
  • Botox Injections for Spasticity
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scan
  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)

About Neurosurgeon

A neurosurgeon, also known as a brain surgeon, is a physician who specialises in the surgical treatment of the conditions or disorders that affect the nervous system. Some of the common treatments that are carried out by a neurosurgeon are for cerebral aneurysms, benign or cancerous brain and spinal tumors and injuries of brain or spinal cord. They also perform surgeries that involve patient rehabilitation after the treatment. A neurosurgeon works in coordination with other specialists and healthcare professionals as a part of a team. While neurosurgeons provides surgical as well as non operative treatment meant for patients of all ages, some of them are specialised specially for the surgical treatment of infants or children, and they are known as pediatric neurosurgeon. A detailed section will appear later on this page.

Procedures Performed by Neurosurgeons

  • Acoustic neuroma surgery
  • Aneurysm surgery
  • Arteriovenous malformation surgery
  • Auditory brainstem implant
  • Awake brain surgery
  • Brachial plexus surgery
  • Brain aneurysm surgery
  • Brain rehabilitation
  • Brain stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Brain tumor surgery
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Chiari malformation surgery
  • Computer-assisted brain surgery
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Diaphragm pacing for spinal cord injury
  • EC-IC Bypass (Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass Surgery)
  • Endoscopic procedures
  • Endovascular treatment
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Fetal surgery
  • Functional electrical stimulation for spinal cord injury
  • Hemifacial spasm surgery
  • Hyperhidrosis surgery
  • Locomotor training for spinal cord injury
  • Minimally invasive endovascular treatment
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Neurogenic bladder and bowel management
  • Pediatric brain tumor surgery
  • Pediatric cervical spine surgery
  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • Peripheral nerve tumor surgery
  • Pituitary tumor surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Seizure surgery
  • Managing sexuality and fertility related issue arising spinal cord injury
  • Spasticity management for spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine procedures
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Transcranial endoscopic procedures
  • Transnasal endoscopic procedures
  • Trigeminal neuralgia surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Aneurysm Repair
  • Carotid Artery Endarterectomy
  • Craniotomy
  • Disk Removal
  • Endovascular Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Sympathectomy
  • Spinal Tap (lumbar puncture)

Who Is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon?

A pediatric neurosurgeon is a doctor specialized in the medical and surgical treatment of the conditions and disorders related to the nervous system of children. Nervous system is comprised of two parts: central nervous system constituting brain and spinal cord and peripheral nervous system comprising of the nerves that branch out off the spinal cord. While a neurosurgeon is a specialized in treating the conditions of the nervous system requiring surgical treatment, a pediatric neurosurgeon is an expert, trained and experienced for the same specifically for pediatric patients i.e. children.

When should you consider visiting a Pediatric Neurosurgeon?

A pediatric neurosurgeon does the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions pertaining to children’s nervous system as well as head and spinal deformities including the following:

  • Head deformities
  • Spine deformities
  • Problems and injuries of the brain, spine or nerves
  • Gait abnormalities (spasticity)
  • Birth injuries (weakness of arms and legs)
  • Loss of grip in hands and feet

Procedures Performed by Pediatric Neurosurgeon

  • Biopsy
  • Stereotactical Biopsy
  • Debulking
  • Gross Total Resection (GTR)
  • Endonasal Endoscopy
  • Post-Surgery and Recovery
  • Tumor Board
  • Radiation
  • Stereotactic Radiation (Radiosurgery)
  • Proton Beam Therapy
  • Chemotherapy
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which are the most popular procedures performed by a spine specialist in Turkey

  • Spinal Fusion- Your surgeon will join spinal bones (vertebras) together during spinal fusion to prevent pain from moving against each other.

  • Discectomy- The Spine Specialist removes part of the whole disk from your spinal nerve, which falls out of place and causes pain in the back.

  • Laminectomy- This technique is most widely used to reduce the pressure on the spinal nerves and relieve the discomfort by removing parts of the bone, ligament, or bone spores in the back.

  • Disc Replacement-The Spine Specialist will remove and replace your weakened spinal disk with an artificial.

  • Foraminotomy- In this Procedure bones are cut off at the sides of the vertebrae, to expand the space from which the nerves exit the spine. Like laminectomy, it relieves pressure and eases pain throughout the compressed nerve.

  • Interlaminar Implant- In this procedure a U-shaped device is inserted in your lower back between two vertebras to reduce the strain of your spinal nerves, maintaining an open space between the vertebras. This alternative to laminectomy is minimally invasive.

Why should you choose a spine Specialist from Turkey?

At the moment Turkey is the world's leading health tourist destination. Turkey is worthy of it by numerous perspectives, and they are: Experienced Medical personnel, affordable pricing, no language barrier, high success rates and the government of Turkey has made remarkable advancements in the healthcare industry, they have improved infrastructures and well-equipped hospitals. The Surgeons are trained by prestigious institutes around the world and have won fellowships.

What are the average consulting fees of a Spine Specialist in Turkey?

The consultation fee depends upon various factors like experienced Surgeons specialized medical teams advanced medical techniques and equipment used. The cost varies from place to place in Turkey. The average consulting fee is $110 with a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $130.

What is the quality of Spine Specialists in Turkey?

Turkey maintains decades of health-related expertise and knowledge. Highly trained surgeons are committed to providing patients with outstanding operating facilities. In their profession, spinal specialists had 20 to 40 years of experience. You should be confident in their ability, no matter which form of spine surgery you may need. The surgeons are experienced in all facets of the spinal procedure. Spine surgeons have used the new minimally invasive procedures for spine surgery. Also, a substantial number of Turkish hospitals work with John Hopkins Medicine International and other international hospitals. This international cooperation has been illustrated which has been beneficial to the hospitals as well as to the patients. 

What are the types of spine specialists which are present in Turkey?
  • Neurosurgeon (spine surgeon)- Neurosurgery is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and non-surgical and surgical treatment of brain, spinal cord, and nervous system disorders. Neurosurgeons provide surgical or non-surgical care for neurological diseases or injuries.

  • Physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation [PM&R])- The specialty physiatry in the diagnosis of chronic disease/injury and musculoskeletal conditions, nonsurgical therapy, and recovery. PM&R addresses people during recovery to improve their life-quality, to cope with physical, mental, and emotional problems. Helps to meet full functional potential for patients.

  • Orthopedic surgeon (spine surgeon)- Orthopaedics is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis, surgical and nonsurgical treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Most spine surgeons are either orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons who have fellowship-trained in the spine

  • Neurologist- Neurology is a medical department that emphasis on brain and nervous system disease diagnosis and non-surgical care. Patients with serious neurological conditions are treated by neurologists.

  • Rheumatologist MD- Rheumatology is a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other joint, muscle, and bone disorders.

  • Radiologist MD- Radiology is a field of medicine used for the diagnosis of illness/injury, electromagnet radiation, and ultrasonics. With imaging tests includes CT, MRI, and ultrasounds, radiologists "see" inside the body of the patient. Diagnostic and interventional radiology and radiation therapy may involve specialized subject areas.

  • Physical therapist (PT or DPT)- Physical therapy focuses on the rehabilitation, promotion, and sustain of optimal health through therapeutics and practical preparation. Research movement and function, and how musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems affect health.

  • Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)- Chiropractic is natural, conservative care that aims to improve health by restoring structure and function to the spine and other joints. The goals are to restore joint motion, reduce pain and muscle tightness, and maintain healthy spinal discs.

  • Massage therapist- Massage is a curative treatment art that collaborates on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of soft tissues to affect wellbeing positively. Improves blood and lymphatic circulation. Eliminates muscle metabolic debris.

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