Dr. Kern Singh has designed this unique reference which offers expert advice, preferences, and opinions on tough clinical questions commonly associated with the spine. The unique Q&A format provides quick access to current information related to the spine with the simplicity of a conversation between two colleagues. Numerous images, diagrams, and references allow readers to browse large amounts of information in an expedited fashion.
Curbside Consultation of the Spine: 49 Clinical Questions provides information basic enough for residents while also incorporating expert advice that even high-volume clinicians will appreciate. Practicing orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic and neurosurgical residents, and medical students will benefit from the user-friendly, casual format and the expert advice contained within
Some of the questions that are answered:
- How do I know intraoperatively that I have done a thorough lumbar decompression?
- When I see my patients pre-operatively, what risk factors should I warn them about that may increase their chance for a post-operative infection?
- I have a 65-year-old female who fell and suffered a central cord syndrome. What’s her prognosis and are there other types of incomplete spinal cord syndromes?
- I have a 34-year-old patient with back pain and some buttock pain for two weeks. When should I get an MRI?
- Do I need to perform neuromonitoring for every spine surgery? The cost appears to be relatively high and I want to be selective about its use.
- I have a 64-year-old female who was fused posteriorly in the lumbar spine and I need to correct her lordosis. What’s the difference between a Smith-Peterson and a pedicle subtraction osteotomy?
About the Editor
Kern Singh, MD graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995, Jefferson Medical College in 1999, and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Rush University Medical Center (1999 to 2004). He completed a Spine Surgery fellowship at Emory University in 2005 before returning to join the staff of the Department of Orthopedics, Section of Spine Surgery, at Rush University Medical Center as an assistant professor. Dr. Singh currently serves as an editor for the Journal of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, American Journal of Orthopedics, and the Journal of Contemporary Spine Surgery. He has co-authored multiple technique and review articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed manuscripts in the field of spine surgery. Additionally, he has served as a faculty member for both national and international courses in Spine Surgery.