Editors: Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski, Jorge Felipe Ramírez León, Anthony Yeung

Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery - Cervical Spine

Volume 1

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ISBN: 978-981-4998-64-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-4998-63-5 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2021
DOI: 10.2174/97898149986351210101


Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery brings the reader the most up-to-date information on the endoscopy of the spine. Key opinion leaders from around the world have come together to present the clinical evidence behind their competitive endoscopic spinal surgery protocols. Chapters in the series cover a range of aspects of spine surgery including spinal pain generators, preoperative workup with modern independent predictors of favorable clinical outcomes with endoscopy, anesthesia in an outpatient setting, management of complications, and a fresh look at technology advances in a historical context. The reader will have a first-row seat during the illustrative discussions of expanded surgical indications from herniated disc to more complex clinical problems, including stenosis, instability, and deformity in patients with advanced degenerative disease of the human spine. Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery is divided into three volumes: Cervical Spine, Lumbar Spine, and Advanced Technologies to capture an accurate snapshot in time of this fast-moving field. It is intended as a comprehensive go-to reference text for surgeons in graduate residency and postgraduate fellowship training programs and for practicing spine surgeons interested in looking for the scientific foundation for their practice expansion into endoscopic surgery.

This volume (Cervical Spine) covers the following topics:

  • - Cervical Endoscopy: Historical Perspectives, Present & Future Anesthesia For Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Cervical
  • - Algorithms To Choose Between Anterior And Posterior Cervical Endoscopy
  • - Contemporary Clinical Decision Making In Full Endoscopic Cervical Spine Surgery
  • - Indications And Outcomes With Endoscopic Posterior Cervical Rhizotomy
  • - Anterior Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy
  • - Anterior Transcorporeal Approach Of Percutaneous Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy
  • - Anterior Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy And Foraminoplasty For Herniated Disc And Lateral Canal Stenosis
  • - Posterior Full Endoscopic Cervical Discectomy & Foraminotomy
  • - Endoscopic Decompression For Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy


Postgraduate residents and fellows in orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, general surgery, and health professionals in pain management clinics


Endoscopic surgery of the cervical spine is gaining increasing traction among minimally invasive spinal surgeons. Technology advances with improved miniaturized optical- and surgical access systems have purported expansion of endoscopic minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques into the cervical spine. However, many spine surgeons still hesitate to treat common painful conditions of the cervical spine with endoscopic procedures. The high risk of neurologic- and vascular injury is of concern to many of them. Additionally, damage to the trachea, esophagus, or the recurrent laryngeal nerve may put the patient at significant risk for the deleterious postoperative course. Nevertheless, increased acceptance of endoscopy by traditionally trained spine surgeons in other areas of the spine coupled with more widely available training events and unanswered patient demand has reenergized spine surgeons’ interest in the endoscopic platform for the cervical spine.

The editors have come together to develop a multi-authored and clinically focused medical monograph entitled Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Cervical Spine to give the reader a most up-to-date snapshot of the current state-of-the-art of cervical spinal endoscopic surgeries. The publication is intended for Orthopedic Spine & Neurosurgeons interested in treating common painful conditions including herniated disc, stenosis, tumor, and infection with minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. A wide array of highly timely and clinically relevant topics have been assembled for this purpose. They range from suitable anesthesia protocols, patient selection algorithms for anterior versus posterior cervical endoscopic decompression, clinical decision-making strategies, indications, and outcomes for endoscopically visualized cervical rhizotomy to more advanced endoscopic techniques, including complex endoscopic decompression techniques for cervical spondylotic myelopathy and other intricate procedures such as pediculotomy, vertebrectomy, and fusion.

The selection of chapters was based on contemporary trends in endoscopic cervical spine surgery. The editors recognize that this trend is based on the need for less costly yet safe and efficient solutions for the cervical spine's common degenerative conditions. Patients and other stakeholders in the ongoing debate on better value-based spine care, including healthcare policymakers and payors, are demanding of spine surgeons less burdensome and less risky treatments with shorter time to recovery, return to work, and social reintegration following spine surgery. Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Cervical Spine was written with these goals in mind. The editors hope that the readers will find it an informative knowledge resource they will continue to revert to when implementing a cervical endoscopic spinal surgery program in their practice setting.

Kai-Uwe Lewandrowski
Center For Advanced Spine Care

Jorge Felipe Ramírez León
Fundación Universitaria Sanitas
Clínica Reina Sofía – Clínica Colsanitas
Centro de Columna – Cirugía Mínima Invasiva
Bogotá, D.C.

Anthony Yeung
University of New Mexico
School of Medicine
New Mexico

Hyeun-Sung Kim
Department of Neurosurgery
Nanoori Gangnam Hospital
Republic of Korea

Xifeng Zhang
Department of Orthopedics
First Medical Center
PLA General Hospital
Beijing 100853

Gun Choi
Neurosurgeon and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon
President Pohang Wooridul Hospital
South Korea

Stefan Hellinger
Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Álvaro Dowling
Endoscopic Spine Clinic


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.Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery - Advanced Technologies.
.Contemporary Endoscopic Spine Surgery - Lumbar Spine.
.Essentials of Pediatric Surgery.