American Association of Neurological Surgeons – Patient Information

This section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons’ professional website provides patient information about diseases & conditions affecting the brain, neck, back, and spine, especially those treated by neurosurgeons. There is a wide rage of informative content covering all aspects of neurosurgery, including diagnosis, treatment, and outcome. Content written for the site is detailed and tends to be complex & technical. The website is recommended for some reliable information, but ultimately users can access more consistently valid material elsewhere and in friendlier forms.

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Review Date: 12/27/2019


Ease of Use

Topics are well organized with numerous links to additional information. Educational materials are predominately text-based, without the accompaniment of images, videos, or audio

Visual Design

The text is confined to a narrow strip in the center of the page, increasing the time spent scrolling down. The side bars are cluttered with advertisements, most are geared toward neurosurgeons, requests for donations, and search tool for neurosurgeons.


Users will find the content is comprehensive, but overly detailed information and technical writing style may be unfriendly to many users. The referencing is inconsistent, but validity is increased by the expertise of neurological surgeons who review most of the topics. The use of Wikipedia as a source of some information may reduce the overall quality of the site.


The integrity of the content varies substantially. A few topics may credit authors and be reviewed by specialists, but most lack this level of scrutiny. This is also true for content in linked medical websites. Users could check for review dates to gauge currency, but most articles do not include them.


  1. The Conditions/Treatments collection provides informative overviews of most brain, spine, neck, and back conditions
  2. Topics are reliable and explored in depth, with information on causes, symptoms, treatment, and surgery
  3. Written in a clinical style, but complex topics are broken down into manageable language


  1. Topics may be outdated
  2. Multimedia resources limited to some illustrations in procedure topics
  3. Articles tend to run long, be complex & technical, and cover topics in minute detail
  4. A lot of the additional anatomic, pathologic, and tumor information is found on other medical websites, while many links go to Wikipedia


Sponsors / Affiliations: American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a nonprofit scientific & educational association founded in 1931, Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation - supported by individual & corporate donors, and purchases on AmazonSmile and

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Links to additional information, find a board-certified neurosurgeon, press releases, glossary of terms

Languages: English