Why choose a fellowship trained spine surgeon instead of a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon?
Spine surgery is a subspecialty of either neurosurgery or orthopedic surgery. Neurosurgeons typically undergo 6 years of specialized surgical training in the treatment of disorders relating to the brain, spine and peripheral nerves. Orthopedic surgeons typically undergo 5 years of surgical training in the treatment of disorders relating to the bone and joints of the spine and extremities. Neurosurgery residents can subspecialize in a variety of different areas of neurosurgery including: spine, neuro-endovascular, skull and cranial neurosurgery, or functional neurosurgery. Orthopedic surgery residents can subspecialize in a variety of different areas of orthopedic surgery including: spine, upper extremity, joint arthroplasty, orthopedic oncology.
Do I choose a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon to treat my spinal disorder?
Choose a spine surgeon, an orthopedic or neurosurgeon who has specialized training in spine surgery. Make sure when checking the curriculum vitae or resume to ensure that the physician has completed an accredited fellowship in spinal surgery.
What makes Dr. Prpa different than other spinal surgeons?
Dr. Prpa is an orthopedic surgeon subspecializing in reconstructive spinal surgery. After completing a five-year orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic, he was accepted to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Spinal Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. Most spinal surgery fellowship programs are under the supervision of either spinal neurosurgeons or spinal orthopedic surgeons. What is unique about Dr. Prpa’s training is that he was trained under the supervision of both fellowship trained spinal neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons. If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain, please call Dr. Prpa to schedule an appointment at (414) 939-5447