Q: Neurosurgery is just brain surgery, right?
A: Actually, neurosurgery and neurological care involve the entire central nervous system, including the brain, skull, spinal cord and spine, as well as all the nerves.

Q: Operating on the central nervous system sounds dangerous. Is it?
A: Neurosurgery requires a great deal of knowledge, skill and patience. You can take comfort in knowing that Dr. Neece is a board certified neurological surgeon, which means that he has gone beyond the mere licensing required by law and shown a commitment to excellence that has gained him respect and credibility in his field.

Q: How do I know if/when I need to have neurosurgery?
A: First and foremost, your condition needs to be evaluated in order to diagnose the issue. Once Dr. Neece is able to determine the source of your problems, he will work with you to explore possible options for treatment. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, Dr. Neece may or may not recommend surgical intervention. If he does decide to operate, Dr. Neece will continue to work with you to develop a plan that both addresses the issue and works for your lifestyle and needs.

Q: Are there treatments other than surgery that can help me?
A: Depending on your condition, there are a variety of non-surgical treatments that our clinic can offer to help alleviate your symptoms. However, it should be noted that certain conditions may require surgery to obtain complete relief or stop progression (e.g. a spinal tumor). If you’d like to get more in-depth about whether non-surgical options may be beneficial for you, make an appointment to speak with Dr. Neece one-on-one.

Q: How do I prepare for surgery?
A: Within roughly 2 weeks before your surgery, you should refrain from taking medications that may affect your blood and its ability to clot. Such medications include blood thinners, pain relievers (especially those containing aspirin), anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins and/or herbs. You should also avoid eating or drinking after bedtime the night before the surgery. You should always meet with your doctor before the day of the surgery to discuss other necessary details.

Q: What can I expect after surgery?
A: Depending on the intensity of your surgery and the severity of your condition, you may have an easy recovery or a rough one. Expect to give your body lots of rest and hydration, and talk with your doctor about more specific post-operative side-effects you may encounter. For particularly painful recoveries, you can generally expect to be given some kind of pain medication.

Q: How much does neurosurgery cost? Will my insurance cover it?
A: Cost and coverage depend strongly on your insurance and the type of surgery. If you have concerns regarding your insurance coverage and the out-of-pocket costs that could pass to you, it is best to contact your insurance company to get an idea of coverage for your particular needs.

Q: What are the risks of undergoing neurosurgery?
A: As with many surgeries, risks may include complications from anesthesia, blood clots, infection, and spinal cord injury. There is also always a risk that the surgery will not be successful, resulting in continued pain and discomfort. If you have any concerns about these risks or would like to know about other risks and their likelihood in your case, bring them up with Dr. Neece in your next appointment.

Q: How long will I be out of work or school after surgery?
A: This depends strongly on the type of surgery, the severity of your condition, your general health, and a host of other variables. Some minimally invasive surgeries can have you back to work or school in a few days, while others may require a month or more of rest and healing.

Q: Where can I learn more about neurological surgery and the types of conditions that may require it?
A: Our website contains informative pages on a wide variety of neurological conditions, treatments and surgical procedures. Other resources include the websites of the Mayo Clinic and Columbia Neurosurgical.