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Controversies in Spine Surgery


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Table of Contents

Section I Introduction
1 Introduction to Best Evidence Medicine
Section II Trauma
Cervical Spine
2 Clearing Cervical Spine Injuries: MRI, Dynamic X-rays, CT
3 Type II Odontoid Fractures: Operative versus Nonoperative Management
4 Management of Cervical Facet Fractures: Surgical Indications and Approach
5 Management of Cervical Facet Dislocations: Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
6 Management of Cervical Facet Dislocations: Timing of Reduction
7 Management of Cervical Facet Dislocations: Anterior versus Posterior Approach
Thoracolumbar Spine
8 Thoracolumbar Burst Fracture: Surgery versus Conservative Care
9 Vertebral Compression Fractures: Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation
Spinal Cord Injury
10 Use of Steroids for Spinal Cord Injury
11 Role of Early Surgical Decompression for Spinal Cord Injury
Section III Degenerative
Cervical Spine
12 Cervical Myelopathy: Anterior versus Posterior Approach
13 Cervical Myelopathy: Timing of Surgery
14 Cervical Myelopathy: Meaning of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Signal Changes
15 Avoidance of Cervical Adjacent Segment Disease
Thoracolumbar Spine
16 Adult Low-Grade Spondylolisthesis: Conservative Treatment versus Surgery
17 Adult Low-Grade Spondylolisthesis: Surgical Approach, Role of Fusion, Role of Instrumentation
18 Adult Low-Grade Spondylolisthesis: Role of Reduction versus Fusion In Situ
19 Surgery for Axial Back Pain: ALIF versus PLIF or TLIF
20 Recurrent Lumbar Disk Herniation: Repeat Diskectomy versus Fusion
21 Management of Thoracic Disk Herniation
Section IV Technology
22 Rigid versus Dynamic Cervical Plates: Indications and Efficacy
23 Bone Morphogenetic Protein in the Cervical Spine: Efficacy and Associated Risks
24 Role of Cervical Disk Replacement: Does It Avoid the Shortcomings of a Fusion?
25 Role of Lumbar Disk Replacement: Does It Avoid the Shortcomings of a Fusion?
26 Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion: Results and Complications Compared with Open Techniques
27 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings of Posterior Ligamentous Injury
Section V Infection
28 Bone Morphogenetic Protein in the Settingof Infection: Indications, Risks, and Efficacy
29 Spine Infections: Medical versus Surgical Treatment Options
30 Use of Prophylactic Antibiotics in Spine Surgery

About the Author

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Massachussets, UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, MA, USA


"This is exactly the book one should have ready access to."-- American Journal of Neuroradiology

"All providers who care for patients with spinal problems should consider using this book to help with decision making for their patients on an everyday basis."-- Journal of Neurosurgery

[Provides] a thorough review of the literature...nicely arranged...concise, thorough and well organized...helpful tables and references.--Doody's Review "5 star rating" - Eric M. Masscicotte

"The topic of trauma is well covered and has a high degree of clinical relevance to spinal trauma patients"- Eric M. Masscicotte

"Awide audience can benefit from reading this book." Eric M. Masscicotte

"I look forward to reading future editions" Eric M. Masscicotte

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