• General aspects of spinal surgery.
• Anterior upper cervical spine.
• Anterior cervical spine C3 to C8 (T1).
• Posterior cervical spine.
• Anterior thoracic spine.
• Posterior thoracic spine.
• Anterior lumbar spine.
• Posterior lumbar spine.
This manual has been compiled in response to the rapid expansion of instrumented spinal surgery using minimally invasive and non-fusion techniques, with a view to meeting the needs of spinal surgeons (orthopaedic and neurosurgeons).
The various open, less invasive, and minimally invasive techniques are presented step by step in a clear and instructive way with the aid of more than 600 high-quality illustrations. Careful attention is paid to all aspects vital to the success of any spinal operation: precise definition of indications and contraindications, technical and organizational factors, good operating technique, and correct preoperative preparation and positioning of the patient.
This second edition of the manual takes full account of the latest developments in spinal instrumentation and implants and new surgical techniques. It is authoritative, concise, and portable – ideal for use in a fast-paced clinical setting – and will serve as a daily companion for spinal surgeons and others who care for patients with spinal disorders.
• Uwe Vieweg, MD, PhD, is Head of the Department of Surgical and Conservative Spine Therapy, Sana Hospital Rummelsberg, Schwarzenbruck near Nürnberg, Germany. After graduating from Magdeburg Medical School in 1988, Dr. Vieweg undertook training in Surgery and Neurosurgery, qualifying as a Certified Neurosurgeon in 1997. He worked as a Consultant in the Department of Neurosurgery, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena before becoming Head of Department of Spine Surgery at Leopoldina Hospital, Schweinfurt in 2003. Dr. Vieweg is an active member of various medical societies, including the German Society of Neurosurgery, the European Spine Society, the German Spine Society, and AO Spine Europe; he was a member of the AO Spine Council, Germany. He has published various articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters and has delivered numerous presentations at national and international meetings.
• Frank Grochulla, MD, is a Certified Neurosurgeon who works at the Metropol Medical Center, Nürnberg, Germany. His previous positions have included Head of Department at the Spine Center Euromed-Clinic Fürth and Consultant and Chief Staff Surgeon at the Spine Center Schön Klinik Munich