Advanced Concepts in Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease

  • João Luiz Pinheiro-Franco
  • Alexander R. Vaccaro
  • Edward C. Benzel
  • H. Michael Mayer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Essentials in Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sebastião Gusmão, Aluizio Arantes, João Luiz Pinheiro-Franco
      Pages 13-21
    3. Michael A. Adams, Patricia Dolan
      Pages 23-39
    4. Pierre Kehrli, Philippe Esposito, João Luiz Pinheiro-Franco
      Pages 61-65
    5. Kenneth M. C. Cheung, Yan Li, Pak Chung Sham, Danny Chan
      Pages 67-88
  3. Imaging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Guillaume Bierry, Jean-Louis Dietemann
      Pages 91-108
    3. Richard Derby, Lee R. Wolfer, Milton H. Landers
      Pages 109-135
    4. João Luiz Pinheiro-Franco, Philippe Esposito
      Pages 137-158
  4. General Important Aspects When Treating Symptomatic Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Clayton L. Haldeman, Andrew Bauer, Daniel K. Resnick, Nathaniel Brooks
      Pages 171-177
    3. Vincent C. Traynelis, Ricardo B. V. Fontes
      Pages 179-184
    4. Casey Madura, Daniel K. Resnick, Nathaniel Brooks
      Pages 185-193
    5. Elizabeth P. Norheim, Steven D. Glassman, Leah Yacat Carreon
      Pages 195-201
    6. William Jeremy Beckworth, Diana K. Sodiq, Lisa Guo Foster, Walter I. Sussman
      Pages 203-218

About this book


In this book, leading international specialists in the field join forces to discuss topics, issues, and approaches that are of key importance in the optimal treatment of lumbar degenerative disk disease. The coverage is wide ranging, from current understanding of physiopathology and genetics and modern imaging techniques through to the diverse minimally invasive, non-fusion, and fusion surgical techniques. Detailed attention is drawn to the most important aspects to be considered when approaching the patient and making treatment decisions. The role of conservative management is appraised, and surgical techniques and their indications are carefully described. Emphasis is placed on the importance of sagittal balance for treatment success. Among the various other subjects covered are psychosocial issues, legal aspects, outcome evaluation, and the relative merits of evidence-based medicine and individual experience. In the concluding section, some of the top specialists from across the world reflect on the lessons that they have learned during lifetimes in spinal surgery. 

Advanced Concepts in Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease is intended as the definitive book on this important subject. It will be an instructive and fascinating source of information for all spine surgeons and other spine care providers.


Fusion Low back pain Lumbar pain Minimally invasive surgery Spine surgery

Editors and affiliations

  • João Luiz Pinheiro-Franco
    • 1
  • Alexander R. Vaccaro
    • 2
  • Edward C. Benzel
    • 3
  • H. Michael Mayer
    • 4
  1. 1.Neurological and Spine SurgeryHospital SamaritanoSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Rothman InstituteThomas Jefferson University Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Cleveland Clinic Neurological SurgeryClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Schön Klinik München Harlaching FG WirbelsäulenchirurgieMünchenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-47755-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-47756-4
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