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Decision Making for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781604062663
Publication Date: January 2011

The essential decision making primer for minimally invasive spine procedures

Decision Making for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery provides the critical tools needed to determine exactly when, for whom, and why minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) is a viable option.

Ten tightly focused chapters each begin with a decision making algorithm that explains how to ascertain if MISS will benefit the patient more than traditional open surgery. Following each algorithm, concise yet detailed information on the preoperative evaluation, surgical techniques, and possible outcomes helps the reader to formulate a clear surgical strategy. The book closes with an incisive analysis of radiosurgery, instrumentation systems, image guidance, and promising advances in MISS that will stimulate further discussion of this emerging area.


  • A realistic assessment of both the advantages and drawbacks of MISS by pioneers in the field
  • Evaluative algorithms allow readers to form rapid, fully informed treatment decisions
  • Intuitive organization by spinal region facilitates quick reference

Spine surgeons, residents, or fellows in orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery will refer to this easily accessible manual every time they consider performing a minimally invasive spine procedure.

Section I Cervical Spine
Chapter 1 Posterior Minimally Invasive Cervical Foraminotomy and Laminectomy
Chapter 2 Posterior Cervical Fixation
Section II Thoracic Spine
Chapter 3 Posterior Thoracic Approaches for Disk Disease, Tumor, or Trauma
Chapter 4 Anterior Thoracic Approaches for Disk Disease, Tumor, or Trauma
Section III Lumbar Spine
Chapter 5 Minimally Invasive Lumbar Diskectomy
Chapter 6 Minimally Invasive Lumbar Laminectomy for Stenosis
Chapter 7 Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
Chapter 8 Alternative Approaches for Lumbar Fusion: eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)
Chapter 9 Alternative Approaches for Lumbar Fusion: Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion (AxiaLIF)
Chapter 10 Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Choosing Between Approaches
Section IV Other Considerations
Chapter 11 Stereotactic Spinal Radiosurgery for Primary and Metastatic Disease
Chapter 12 Minimally Invasive Instrumentation Systems
Chapter 13 Image Guidance in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Chapter 14 Promising Advances in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

"This is an excellent book with no comparisons, useful for neurosurgeons, spine surgeons, and radiologists."--Doody's

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