Brain And Spine Specialist(s) in United Arab Emirates

About Brain and Spine Surgeons in United Arab Emirates

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 Dubai?

Dubai has extensively experienced spine surgeons, who are capable of performing all the spine procedures available throughout the world. The success rate of spine surgery in Dubai is quite high. Dubai caters to hundreds of medical tourists that visit the city for spinal problems. Following are some of the spine procedures available in Dubai:

  • Scoliosis/Kyphosis: scoliosis is a condition that involves abnormal spine curvature.  Scoliosis may range from mild to severe. Severe scoliosis significantly affects the quality of life. While scoliosis causes the spine to curve sideways, kyphosis causes a hunchback posture. 

  • Spina Bifida: This is a condition present at birth. It is a neural tube defect. In this condition, the spinal cord and surrounding membranes are unable to close properly.

  • Herniated Disc: There are cushioning pads between the vertebrae. When one or more of these pads leaves their normal position and start compressing the nerve, the condition is known as a herniated disc.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease: This is a progressive condition and occurs in the elderly. In this condition, the discs present between the vertebrae degenerate, causing pain to the patient.

  • Spinal stenosis: Nerves pass through the space between the spine. When the passage between the spine narrows, it compresses the nerve causing pain. This condition is known as spinal stenosis. 

  • Spinal Tumors: Spinal tumors are the cellular overgrowth. It is present in the spinal canal or spinal bones. The tumors may be benign or malignant. 

  • Chiari Malformation: This condition may be acquired or congenital. The condition may be due to a defect in the brain. In this condition, some parts of the brain tissue extend into the spinal canal. 

  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: The patient with this condition experience pain in the low back and legs due to a problem in the sacroiliac joint, the point of connection between the sacrum and pelvis. 

  • Failed back surgery syndrome: The patients with this condition do not get relief from symptoms even after spine or back surgery. 

Miscellaneous: Dubai also has the facilities to treat other spinal problems such as low back pain, neck pain, spinal osteoarthritis, and spinal cord injury.

Why should you choose a spine Specialist from Dubai?

There are several reasons to choose a spine specialist from Dubai. The spine specialists in Dubai received their training from abroad. They have hands-on experience with the latest procedural techniques. The spine specialist can perform all types of surgical procedures with high success rates. Further, the hospital infrastructure and trained medical staff provide the best post-surgical care to the patients. The cost of spinal procedures in Dubai is significantly lower as compared to developed countries, like the US, UK, and Canada. Also, the city is known for its tourist attractions. The patients and their attendants may spend quality time apart from receiving world-class treatment. 

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

The consulting fee of spine specialists in Dubai depends upon various factors. These factors include the types of hospital, the experience, success rate of surgery, confidence of people in the doctor, and services provided by the specialists apart from consultation such as diagnostic tests.

What is the quality of Spine Specialists in Dubai?

The spine specialists in Dubai are experts in the accurate diagnosis of the condition. They provide detailed information about the condition. They also provide treatment options and their respective advantages and disadvantages. This allows the patient to make an informed decision. Several spine specialists in Dubai have been trained by some of the best spine surgeons in the world. Spine specialists can handle complex spinal conditions and provide necessary treatment to the patient with high success rates. 

What are the types of spine specialists which are present in Dubai?

Various types of spine specialists offer their services in Dubai. The types of spine specialists in Dubai are:

  • Orthopedic surgeons: Orthopedic surgeons treat various types of spinal conditions. These surgeons initiate the treatment with non-invasive methods such as medications and recommend the patients to undergo surgery only when required. 

  • Chiropractors: These spine specialists provide relief from pain in the spinal area. They do not provide any medications and treat the patients by adjusting the tissues at the right place. 

  • Neurosurgeon: These surgeons are specialized to perform nerve surgery. 

  • Osteopath: These specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of various musculoskeletal problems. 

  • Other specialists: The other spine specialists also include Orthopedist, Pain management physicians, rheumatologists, psychiatrists, and physical therapists.

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