At your initial consultation, the consultant neurosurgeon will first discuss and assess your symptoms, any previous treatments and medical history to get a clear picture of the situation.
They will then perform a comprehensive clinical examination of the relevant area that includes the cranial nerves, motor function, sensory function, reflexes, sensation, mobility, the functional assessment of your limbs etc.
Based on the history and examination, the consultant will often request further investigations which include:
- MRI scan - This uses a magnetic field to create images of your internal structures such as the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, discs and other soft tissues. They are invaluable for neurosurgeons to plan the most optimal treatment.
- CT scan - Sometimes referred to as CAT Scans, this utilises x-rays to produce detailed images of your internal structures. They give better visualisation of bones and can complement an MRI scan, or sometimes used as an alternative when an MRI scan cannot be undertaken.
- EMG and nerve conduction study - This test examines the speed and strength of your nerve signals and muscles by passing tiny electric currents.
Once these tests have been completed, you will have a follow-up consultation to discuss the results and the best course of action going forward.
If surgery is needed, your consultant will discuss the recommended treatment with you. They will go through any risks and complications and answer any questions you have about the procedure. You’ll then agree on a suitable date for your surgery with your consultant, and the Ross Hall Hospital Team will arrange all of the details for your stay.
The majority of patients admitted to Ross Hall Hospital for neuro spinal surgical procedures are short stay, meaning they are discharged within 24 hours, often requiring an overnight stay. For more complex cases, an extra night or two may be required.
All patients recover in a private room and can enjoy the welcoming, clean, modern and friendly environment as they begin their recovery journey.
All patients following surgery will be able to go through a tailored physiotherapy programme put together by the Ross Hall Hospital physiotherapists following their surgery.
Usually, you’ll have a follow-up appointment with your consultant around 6-8 weeks after the surgery. Your consultant will review your recovery and help create an on-going rehabilitation plan for you to return to regular activities like work or sport. Most patients can be discharged after the first follow-up, but some may need one or two further appointments.