Textbook of the Cervical Spine

Textbook of the Cervical Spine

1st Edition - October 22, 2014

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  • Editors: Francis Shen, Dino Samartzis, Richard Fessler
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455711437
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455737314

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Authored by a multi-disciplinary team that includes orthopedists and neurosurgeons, Textbook of the Cervical Spine is a practical, clinically focused medical reference for treating patients with the full range of cervical spine disorders. From degenerative spine conditions and inflammation, to trauma and infections, it guides today’s spine surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and residents through state-of-the art surgical and fixation techniques, today's emerging technologies, and possible complications."I assure you this textbook is beneficial for both specialists and residents."Foreword by: Shin-ichi Kikuchi President of Fukushima Medical University, Feb 2015"Drs. Shen, Samartzis, and Fessler have produced an outstanding textbook that is relevant for cervical spine surgeons all over the world."Foreword by: K. Daniel Riew, Mildred B. Simon Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Feb 2015"This textbook is a valuable addition to spine literature, and I would definitely recommend it."Foreword by: Madjid Samii, Founder and President International Neuroscience Institute, Feb 2015

Key Features

  • Accurately handle complex situations with image-guided techniques for the management of cervical spine pathology, as well as helpful information on patient management and surgical decision making.
  • Stay up to date on hot topics with recent case studies that orient you toward important clinical information in the field.
  • Quickly find the information you need with succinct chapters that focus on highlights, key points, tips, and tricks.
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Table of Contents


    1. Cervical Spine Anatomy

    2. Approaches to the Upper Cervical Spine

    3. Anterior Surgical Approach to the Cervical Spine

    4. Posterior Surgical Approach to the Cervical Spine

    5. Anterior Approaches and Surgical Considerations for Pathology of the Cervicothoracic Junction

    6. Developmental and Congenital Disorders of the Cervical Spine

    7. Biomechanics of the Cervical Spine

    8. Evaluation of the Cervical Spine

    9. Radiographic and Computed Tomography Evaluation of the Cervical Spine

    10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Cervical Spine

    11. Neurophysiological Monitoring of the Cervical Spine


    12. Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

    13. Cervical Radiculopathy

    14. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

    15. Cervical Deformity and Treatment Algorithms

    16. Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament


    17. Occipitocervical and Upper Cervical Spine Fractures

    18. Subaxial Cervical Spine Injuries

    19. Spinal Cord Injuries and Syndromes

    20. Traumatic Arterial Injuries: Diagnosis and Management

    21. Stingers and Transient Paresis


    22. Primary Tumors of the Spinal Cord

    23. Primary Bony Tumors of the Cervical Spine

    24. Metastatic Disease of the Cervical Spine

    25. Infections of the Cervical Spine

    26. Tuberculosis of the Cervical Spine

    27. Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Cervical Spine

    28. Ankylosing Spondylitis of the Cervical Spine

    29. Syringomyelia


    30. Anterior Cervical Discetomy and Fusion

    31. Anterior Cervical Corpectomy and Fusion and Hybrid Techniques

    32. Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

    33. Anterior Cervical Foraminotomy

    34. Laminectomy and Fusion

    35. Cervical Laminoplasty

    36. Posterior Cervical Endoscopic Laminoforaminotomy

    37. Osteotomies of the Cervical Spine


    38. Occipitocervical Fixation

    39. C1 Lateral Mass and C2 Pedicle Screw Fixation

    40. C1-C2 Transarticular Screws

    41. C2 Translaminar Screw Fixation

    42. Cervical Pedicle Screws

    43. Lateral Mass Screws

    44. Interspinous Wiring


    45. Minimally Invasive Techniques in the Cervical Spine

    46. Image-Guided Navigation for Cervical Spine Surgery

    47. Biologics for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration and Repair

    48. Biologics for Spinal Fusions

    49. Intervertebral Disc Transplantation


    50. Vascular Injuries

    51. Spinal Cord and Nerve Injuries in the Cervical Spine

    52. Tracheoesophageal Injuries

    53. Dural Tear

    54. Wound Complications

    55. Adjacent Segment Disease

    56. Nonunions and Implant Failure of the Cervical Spine

Product details

  • No. of pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Saunders 2014
  • Published: October 22, 2014
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781455711437
  • eBook ISBN: 9781455737314

About the Editors

Francis Shen

Dr. Shen cares for patients with spinal pathology through a combination of both operative and nonoperative techniques. When surgery is required, Dr. Shen combines both traditional open surgical techniques with cutting-edge minimal invasive techniques individualized to the patient's specific spine pathology. Dr. Shen's lab is also improving the future of patient care by applying tissue engineering principles to solve clinically relevant problems. He is dedicated to advancing the future of spine surgery by training not only post-doctorate research fellows, but also training the next generation of clinical spine surgeons as well. Dr. Shen has special expertise in surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine, including anterior and posterior approaches. He also manages degenerative conditions, spinal deformity, trauma, tumors and infections of the spine. In addition to traditional open surgery, Dr. Shen also specializes in minimally invasive surgery, image guided spine surgery and microsurgery. Awards: 2016-2018 Best Doctors in America® List

Affiliations and Expertise

Warren G Stamp Endowed Professor, Division Head, Spine Division, Director, Spine Fellowship, Co-Director, Spine Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Virginia Health Science Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

Dino Samartzis

Dr. Samartzis obtained his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and further pursued graduate studies in biological sciences, evidence-based health care, clinical epidemiology, medical sciences, and international studies at Harvard University, University of Oxford (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), Erasmus University (The Netherlands), Charles University (Czech Republic), and London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the The University of Hong Kong. He went on to become the Gilbert Beebe Fellow of the Radiation and Nuclear Board of the National Academies of Science in Washington D.C. and the United States Department of Energy, the Radiation Epidemiology Branch of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (a.k.a. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission) in Hiroshima, Japan. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed studies in high-impact journals (e.g., Lancet, Arthritis & Rheumatism, JBJS, etc.), book chapters and web-based articles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, International Spine Research and Innovation Initiative (ISRII), Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois

Richard Fessler

Professor at the Department of Neurosurgery, Rush Medical College Fessler is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. He is dedicated to finding innovative methods to repair spinal cord injuries, and he has been a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery. Fessler has made significant contributions to endoscopic and microendoscopic surgical developments, including microendoscopic discectomy and microendoscopic compression of lumbar stenosis. He has a special interest in spinal cord transplantation and was the first physician in the United States to perform human embryonic spinal cord transplantation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

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