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Neurosurgeons undergo six to eight years of specialized training following medical school; one of the longest training periods of any medical specialty. 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) 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.
Neurosurgeons are the medical specialists trained to help patients suffering from neck and back pain, brain tumors, and host of other conditions. Neurosurgeons provide surgical care of neurological disorders. Neurosurgeons are the only physicians who treat the entire spine.