Focused Issue on Staged Management of Painful Spine Conditions

Posted On 2019-07-03 03:09:19



This focused issue on “Staged Management of Painful Spine Conditions” is edited by Dr. Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski, from Center For Advanced Spine Care of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA; and Dr. Anthony Yeung, from Desert Institute for Spine Care, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

Dr. Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski is the founder of the Center For Advanced Spine Care of Southern Arizona and the Surgical Institute of Tucson, where he directs a minimally invasive spine care program which focuses on spinal endoscopy and interventional pain surgery. He served as faculty at the University of Arizona and is a visiting professor at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the Universidad Sanitas, Bogotá, D.C., Colombia.

Dr. Lewandrowski has dedicated his career to translational clinical research and was awarded grants by highly competitive funding agencies including the National Institute of Health. He is recognized as a pioneer of minimally invasive outpatient endoscopic spinal surgery by consistently achieving excellent surgical outcomes.

Dr. Anthony T. Yeung is the Founder and President of Arizona Institute for Minimally Invasive Spine Care. Dr. Anthony Yeung is a board certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating the causes of back pain and sciatica from painful degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine, particularly herniated discs, bulging discs with annular tears, and foraminal stenosis. His techniques have proven to be very effective in relieving both back and leg pain, elusive to many spine specialists because of his technique targets and visualizes the pain generator with his endoscope, using imaging as a guide, but confirming the pain source with diagnostic and therapeutic injections. He is the first to use endoscopically guided lasers and is the developer of the FDA approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System (YESS).

Focused issue outline:

  1. Endoscopic surgery for the treatment common degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine: How did it start & and where is it going?
  2. The strategies behind inside-out and outside-in endoscopy of the lumbar spine: Treating the pain generator
  3. How Korea became a leader in endoscopic spine surgery in Asia
  4. The focus of endoscopic spine surgery in Japan: Common clinical scenarios
  5. MIS and endoscopic spine surgery–Increasing usage and prominence into mainstream spine surgery and spine societies
  6. The rationale behind full endoscopic spinal surgery techniques
  7. Endoscopic spine surgery in China: Its evolution, flourishment, and future opportunity for advances
  8. The motivators to endoscopic spinal surgery implementation in Latin America
  9. Five-year clinical outcomes with endoscopic transforaminal outside-in foraminoplasty techniques for symptomatic degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine
  10. Five-year clinical outcomes with endoscopic transforaminal foraminoplasty for symptomatic degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine: a comparative study of inside-out versus outside-in techniques
  11. Pain generators in the lumbar motion segment. Is it the degenerative disc or the endplates? Clinical outcomes with endoscopic vertebrogenic nerve ablation
  12. Surgical outcomes of transforaminal percutaneous endoscopic decompression for lumbar lateral canal stenosis with assistance of the preoperative simulation software
  13. Diagnostic workup, surgical indications, and clinical outcomes with thoracic disc herniations
  14. Anterior cervical endoscopic versus open foraminotomy for hernia and lateral stenosis
  15. Clinical protocol for transforaminal percutaneous laser- versus endoscopic surgical decompression contained herniated disc
  16. Patient selection protocols for endoscopic transforaminal, interlaminar, and translaminar decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis
  17. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) applications in outpatient spine surgery
  18. Transition of an established degenerative lumbar spine practice from open inpatient into outpatient endoscopic surgery: Outcome analysis over 10 years
  19. The next generation of spinal endoscopes: Applications of cutting-edge 3D, HD, and navigation technology in spinal endoscopy
  20. Endoscopic management of lumbar facet cysts
  21. Endoscopically assisted TLIF. Indications, patient selection, technique, and outcomes
  22. Endoscopic management of tumors, infection, and vascular abnormalities of the spine
  23. Lateral recess decompression with full endoscopic technique
  24. Current limitations and challenges of endoscopic spine surgery
  25. UBE in the management of common degenerative conditions of the spine
  26. Full-endoscopic management of discogenic back pain in athletes
  27. Perioperative epidural steroids after endoscopic lumbar discectomy. A randomized placebo-controlled trial
  28. Comparative analysis of clinical outcomes with microsurgical, uni- and bi-portal endoscopic decompression for central stenosis
  29. Application of preoperative simulation software in the planning of endoscopic decompression of lumbar lateral recess stenosis
  30. Endoscopic management of patients with multilevel lumbar pathology
  31. Pain generators in the intervertebral disc and endplates: Implication of revascularization and reinnervation in the endoscopic treatment of low back pain
  32. Comparative clinical outcome analysis with full-endoscopic versus micro-endoscopic and open discectomy
  33. Regional variations in acceptance, and utilization of minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques among spine surgeons
  34. Motivation and obstacles to the implementation of minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques
  35. Surgeon training and clinical implementation of spinal endoscopy in routine practice
  36. Transforaminal ventral decompression for central calcified contained disc herniations. Preliminary results in 43 patients
  37. Standalone lordotic endoscopic wedge lumbar interbody fusion (LEW-LIF®) with a stress-neutral peek cage: report of two cases