Dr. Kern Singh has designed this unique reference which offers expert advice, preferences, and opinions on tough clinical questions commonly associated with the spine. The unique Q&A format provides quick access to current information related to the spine with the simplicity of a conversation between two colleagues. Numerous images, diagrams, and references allow readers to browse large amounts of information in an expedited fashion.
Curbside Consultation of the Spine: 49 Clinical Questions provides information basic enough for residents while also incorporating expert advice that even high-volume clinicians will appreciate. Practicing orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic and neurosurgical residents, and medical students will benefit from the user-friendly, casual format and the expert advice contained within.
Some of the questions that are answered:
• How do I know intraoperatively that I have done a thorough lumbar decompression?
• When I see my patients pre-operatively, what risk factors should I warn them about that may increase their chance for a post-operative infection?
• I have a 65-year-old female who fell and suffered a central cord syndrome. What’s her prognosis and are there other types of incomplete spinal cord syndromes?
• I have a 34-year-old patient with back pain and some buttock pain for two weeks. When should I get an MRI?
• Do I need to perform neuromonitoring for every spine surgery? The cost appears to be relatively high and I want to be selective about its use.
• I have a 64-year-old female who was fused posteriorly in the lumbar spine and I need to correct her lordosis. What’s the difference between a Smith-Peterson and a pedicle subtraction osteotomy?
Clinical information is summarized in an outline format, enabling readers to peruse broad topics in an expeditious manner. Chapters are categorically arranged, encompassing cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine pathologies. Within the framework of trauma, degenerative changes, congenital conditions, tumors, and infections – topics include spinal cord injury, thoracolumbar spine fractures; lumbar disk disease, stenosis, and spondylolisthesis; and spinal deformities in children and adults. Rounding out the volume are chapters on tumors, infections, and immune disorders that impact the spine such as rheumatoid arthritis and seronegative spondyloarthropathies.
New chapters on surgical positioning and neuromonitoringUpdates on minimally invasive surgical techniques, bone physiology, and biologicsMore than 300 beautiful illustrations presented in full-color Key references offer more in-depth insight on topics Succinct layout enables cover-to-cover reading and study prep for board examinationsThis handy resource is small enough to carry around during rounds and is particularly useful for orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons in training. The reader-friendly format also makes it an excellent reference book for practicing spine surgeons and practitioners involved in the nonsurgical management of spine conditions.
Covering emerging technologies and biological advances that will result in smaller incisions, less trauma, and enhanced patient rehabilitation, this book:
Helps surgeons identify key anatomical structures for minimally invasive access Considers preoperative planning, complications, and outcomes for all operative methods Updates surgeons on significant advances in bone graft substitutes for spine fusion Details decompression and mini-open surgical techniques—all intended to achieve less traumatic surgical treatments and improve patient outcomes Includes a section on needle-based procedures for chronic pain relief