Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the brain and the spinal cord.
Those disorders include hydrocephalus, spina bifida, brain tumors, head injuries, spasticity and movement disorders, encephaloceles, tethered spinal cords and spinal cord injuries.
Neurosurgeons are physicians who major in correcting neurological problems through surgery. Neurosurgeons perform surgeries on the central nervous central system. A neurosurgeon can either practice general neurosurgery or be specific. For specific neurosurgery one can specialize in spine, brain or periphery nerves.
Neurosurgeon education requirements
To be a neurosurgeon one should have the following education requirements:-
One must undergo the undergraduate medical studies that take four years. After the four years one should acquire a medical degree which includes the short term internship which is about a year.
After the medical degree one enrolls in a residency program that takes 6-7 years.
Schools offering neurosurgery in Kenya
In Kenya so far it is only the University of Nairobi, school of medicine that offers the neurosurgery studies. It is offered at the masters’ level.
Hospitals with neurosurgeons in Kenya
In Kenya hospitals that offer neurosurgery services are mainly in Nairobi and others which are limited in number are found in other areas. Below are some of the hospitals that offer the neurosurgery services.
Aga khan university hospital– Nairobi neurological& pain clinic at Doctors plaza
The Nairobi hospital– Nairobi neurological clinic
Upper hill medical center
Mp shah hospital- dinesh chandaria medical center
Rongo district hospital
Coastal general hospital
Aic kijabe hospital
Neurosurgeon fee schedule
Different hospitals have different fee schedule. In the public hospitals the fee is subsidized by the government to help more patients to access the services. After subsidizing the patient is required to pay about Ksh 30,000. Without subsidy the patient was required to pay about 500000- 1 million. In private hospitals the fee varies from one hospital to another.
The income of a neurosurgeon in Kenya depends on which sector the neurosurgeon is working for either private or public sector. The income also depends on the number of patients received in the hospital.
In Kenya the number of neurosurgeon is quite small compared to the number of patients.