Dr. Steven Leckie: Patients often wonder if they should see an orthopedic spine surgeon such as myself or a neurosurgeon for their neck or back problem. Historically, spine surgery was performed by both orthopedic and neurosurgeons at the same time and the neurosurgeon would do the decompression portion of the operation and then the orthopedic spine surgeons would do the fusion portion of the operation that would include bone graft, and more recently rods and screws. In the last several years, surgeons are trained in both the neurological as well as the orthopedic portion of the operation. So during the course of my training, I was trained in both of those aspects of the surgery and so I performed both portions of it. In some countries, all of spine care is performed by orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons focus just on the brain. Every orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the spine has fellowship training, or has advanced additional training in spine surgery including the neurological – the neurological decompression portion of the operation as well as the stabilization portion of the operation. And here at Plymouth Bay Orthopedics, we can offer all of those options to motion preserving, minimally invasive or complex surgery if needed.