Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeons perform surgery to correct disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system.
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    Overview

    Neurosurgeons perform surgery to correct disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system.

    Day-to-day

    • examines patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimates and explains risks to patients, and selects the best operational procedures
    • reviews reports on patients' general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
    • consults with anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
    • performs surgical operations
    • examines instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
    • instructs other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
    • prescribes post-operative care, and observes and investigates patients' progress
    • maintains records of operations performed
    • may specialise in particular types of operations.

    Considerations

    • Stressful

    To become a Neurosurgeon

    • You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons before you can specialise as a Neurosurgeon.

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    • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

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