I'm curious to see what fellow surgeons think. I've been reading some articles and having this discussion with neurosurgeons at work who have mixed feelings, so I'll go ahead and play devils advocate.
Brain tumours and spine tumours by radiation specialists. Gamma knife operated by radiation specialists.
Aneurysms and AVMs by interventional neuroradiologists (endovascular neurosurgery).
Select spine procedures by interventional neuroradiologists.
Spine surgery being replaced by non surgical methods (injections, biochemical injections for osteogenesis, other non surgical methods).
Functional neurosurgery incorporating ultrasound for cerebral lesions
Doesn't this mean that neurosurgery will soon, for the most part, cease to exist?
Edit: So, if we look at the history, cardiothoracic surgery used to be what neurosurgery is today. CT got the axe, and interventional cardiology took over. Recently, ophthalmology has also taken a beating. I ask not as a criticism, but to inform myself, what is keeping neurosurgery afloat? Meaning, what ensures that neurosurgery will more or less retain its current salary?
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