The Resident's Guide to Spine Surgery

  • Joseph R. O'Brien
  • S. Bobby Kalantar
  • Doniel Drazin
  • Faheem A. Sandhu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Crystal Adams, Fadi Sweiss, Michelle Feinberg, Jonathan H. Sherman
    Pages 1-8
  3. Gregory Callanan, Ra’ Kerry Rahman, Kris Radcliff
    Pages 9-15
  4. Blake M. Bodendorfer, Ashley E. MacConnell, S. Babak Kalantar
    Pages 17-29
  5. Joseph Rabe
    Pages 31-35
  6. R. Tushar Jha, Faheem A. Sandhu
    Pages 37-48
  7. S. Tim Yoon, Chase Bennett
    Pages 49-57
  8. Ronen Blecher, Emre Yilmaz, Jens R. Chapman
    Pages 59-71
  9. Joel Z. Passer, Shahin Manoochehri, Bong-Soo Kim
    Pages 73-78
  10. Dany Aouad, Oliver Tannous
    Pages 79-86
  11. Fred F. Mo, William D. Zelenty, Daniel M. Dean
    Pages 87-96
  12. Jason Kappa, Jeffrey H. Weinreb, Warren Yu, Joseph R. O’Brien
    Pages 97-102
  13. Steven Spitz, Anthony Conte
    Pages 103-114
  14. Jason E. McGowan, Islam Fayed, Marcelle Altschuler, Faheem A. Sandhu
    Pages 115-122
  15. Ravi S. Nunna, Joshua T. Wewel, John E. O’Toole
    Pages 123-128
  16. Kyle Mueller, Amjad Anaizi
    Pages 129-134
  17. Danny Lee, Ryan Lee, Jeffrey H. Weinreb, Uchechi Iweala, Joseph R. O’Brien
    Pages 145-152
  18. David Vincent, J. Alex Thomas
    Pages 153-161
  19. Kurt E. Stoll, Daniel A. Marchwiany, Daniel L. Cavanaugh, Gurvinder S. Deol
    Pages 163-170
  20. Ryan DenHaese, Clint Hill, Jeffrey H. Weinreb
    Pages 171-176
  21. Melvin C. Makhni, James D. Lin, Ronald A. Lehman Jr.
    Pages 177-185
  22. Tiffany Grace Perry
    Pages 187-193
  23. Jeffrey H. Weinreb
    Pages 195-200
  24. Jeffrey H. Weinreb, Uchechi Iweala, Danny Lee, Warren Yu, Joseph R. O’Brien
    Pages 201-210
  25. Brianna Lindsey Cohen, Karthik Madhavan, Michael Y. Wang
    Pages 211-221
  26. Lauren Matteini
    Pages 223-227
  27. Daniel Kerekes, A. Karim Ahmed, Camilo Molina, C. Rory Goodwin, Daniel M. Sciubba
    Pages 229-240
  28. Michelle Feinberg, Kathleen Knudson, Jezer Martinez, Crystal Adams, Fadi Sweiss, Jonathan H. Sherman
    Pages 241-246
  29. Cristian Gragnaniello, Fadi Sweiss, Crystal Adams, Jonathan H. Sherman
    Pages 247-251
  30. Ehab Shiban, Bernhard Meyer
    Pages 253-258
  31. David Hanscom, Peter Grunert
    Pages 259-279
  32. Tiffany Grace Perry
    Pages 281-284
  33. Anthony Conte, Faheem A. Sandhu
    Pages 285-295
  34. Rod J. Oskouian Jr., Emre Yilmaz, Tamir A. Tawfik
    Pages 297-301
  35. Rod J. Oskouian Jr., Emre Yilmaz, Thomas O’Lynnger, David W. Newell
    Pages 303-306
  36. Jens R. Chapman, Andrew S. Jack, Wyatt L. Ramey
    Pages 307-340
  37. Joseph C. Babrowicz Jr.
    Pages 341-349
  38. Back Matter
    Pages 351-360

About this book


With an emphasis on set-up and execution and lessons learned from expert practitioners, this concise, practical guide for residents and fellows presents the essentials for both common and complex spine surgery. Proceeding anatomically from the cervical to the sacroiliac, and including chapters on spinal tumors, infection and revision surgery, nearly 40 different procedures are highlighted, from corpectomy, arthroplasty and laminectomy to percutaneous screws, decompression and fusion. Chapters include all the information a resident will need to know: indications and contraindications, imaging and diagnosis, OR set-up and instrumentation selection, the specific operative technique, post-operative protocols, and clinical pearls and pitfalls. Radiographs and full-color intraoperative photographs accompany each procedure. 

Whether suturing dura or performing a lateral interbody fusion, spinal surgery is a technical pursuit, and having a firm grasp of the details can ultimately determine the procedure's success. Written and edited by veterans in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery, The Resident's Guide to Spine Surgery is just the detailed, user-friendly resource for up-and-coming clinicians looking to develop and expand their surgical expertise. 


Cervical arthroplasty Cervical corpectomy Cervical laminoplasty Decompression Disc replacement Intradural tumor resection Lumbar corpectomy Lumbar microdiscectomy Metastatic tumor stabilization Open TLIF Percutaneous lumbar screws Revision lumbar decompression Sacroiliac joint fusion Scoliosis Spine surgery Thoracic corpectomy Transpedicular thoracic discectomy Anterior thoracic decompression

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph R. O'Brien
    • 1
  • S. Bobby Kalantar
    • 2
  • Doniel Drazin
    • 3
  • Faheem A. Sandhu
    • 4
  1. 1.Washington Spine & Scoliosis, Institute at OrthoBethesdaBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMedStar Georgetown University HospitalWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Pacific Northwest University of Health SciencesYakimaUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryMedStar Georgetown University HospitalWashington, DCUSA

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