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National Neurosurgery Awareness Week Kicks Off During Annual Meeting of the AANS

The Fourth Annual Neurosurgery Awareness Week (NAW) kicks off this year from April 16-19 during the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Association// of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in Washington, D.C. Approximately 3,000 neurosurgical medical professionals will meet in the nation’s capital to further their continuing medical education in specialty areas including cerebrovascular, pain, spine and peripheral nerves, pediatrics, stereotactic, trauma, and tumor, as well as socioeconomic issues affecting the specialty.

'The goal of NAW is to help educate people about the role of the neurosurgeon in treating a wide range of medical conditions and diseases,' stated Ghassan K. Bejjani, MD, AANS spokesperson. When people hear the word 'neurosurgeon,' most think 'brain surgeon.' However, neurosurgeons are medical specialists who diagnose and treat disorders of the entire nervous system. Of course, they operate on the brain, but they actually spend close to 70 percent of their time helping patients with spine and peripheral nerve problems, providing surgical and nonsurgical care.

Have you or a family member undergone successful surgery to treat Parkinson’s disease, congenital deformities, hydrocephalus, tumors of the central nervous system, low back or neck pain, stroke, cerebral aneurysms, head injuries, or any of the many other conditions treated by neurosurgeons? If so, consider submitting your story and help the AANS reach out to the public.

This initiative is phase two of ongoing Web site improvements the AANS has implemented over the last two years. The section entitled Conditions & Treatments has been completely revised and updated. The most up-to-date information is provided on more than 50 neurosurgical conditions and diseases. Included are essential components such as prevalence and incidence statistics, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. In addition, there are color fact sheet
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