Individuals who seek to become neurosurgeons or who assist them in the operating room must have a strong knowledge of the names, uses and visual identification of the surgical instruments. Currently, there is no dedicated resource that would help them with this and they are forced to learn this information on-the-job and with an intimidating "trial by fire" approach.
This guide will cover the entire inventory of instrumentation utilized by neurosurgeons in the operating room, including basic tray setups, basic cranial and spinal instrumentation, microsurgical instrumentation, and other frequently utilized instrumentation such as ultrasound, Doppler, cautery, irrigation, and cell saver equipment. The primary target market of such a guide will be those involved in both the educational component of neurosurgical procedures but also those performing such procedures. Both industry and educational institutions involved in training neurosurgical residents and surgical techs would find this guide invaluable as such a guide does not exist in neurosurgery. Neurosurgical residents, medical students and physician assistants will also find value in this guide as it will offer a reference guide to instrumentation they would not normally be able to obtain. Finally, this guide would be written by a neurosurgeon whose commentary throughout the book will add value to the alternative names and uses of these instruments not provided in other instrument guides.
Christopher S. Eddleman, MD, PhD
Department of Neurological Surgery and Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, T´X, USA (Editor)