This book offers essential guidance on selecting the most appropriate surgical management option for a variety of spinal conditions, including idiopathic problems, and degenerative disease. While the first part of the book discusses the neuroanatomy and biomechanics of the spine, pain mechanisms, and imaging techniques, the second guides the reader through the diagnostic
process and treatment selection for disorders of the different regions of the spine, based on the principles of evidence-based medicine. I.e., it clearly explains why a particular technique should be selected for a specific patient on the basis of the available evidence, which is carefully reviewed. The book identifies potential complications and highlights technical pearls, describing
newer surgical techniques and illustrating them with the help of images and accompanying videos. Though primarily intended for neurosurgeons, the book will also be of interest to orthopaedic surgeons, specialists in physical medicine, and pain specialists.
- Guides the reader through the diagnostic process and treatment selection according to the principles of evidence-based medicine
- Illustrates newer surgical procedures in images and accompanying videos
- Identifies potential complications and highlights technical pearls
The development of the spine.- Anatomy of the back including all structures that may cause pain.- Pain mechanisms.- Spinal radiology and imaging techniques.- Evidence Based Medicine and classification. Surgical interventions at the cervical spine: Correction of idiopathic problems.- Problems due to trauma.- Problems due to degeneration. Surgical interventions at the thoracic spine: Correction of idiopathic problems.- Problems due to trauma.- Problems due to degeneration. Surgical interventions at the lumbosacral spine: Correction of idiopathic problems.- Problems due to trauma.- Problems due to degeneration.
Dr Erik van de Kelft graduated magna cum laude as a Doctor in Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1985. After 2 years of training in general surgery at the General Hospital Stuivenberg, he specialized in neurosurgery under the supervision of Drs. J.J. Martin and P. Selosse at the University Hospital, Antwerp (UZA). His training included periods in Montpellier, France and La Timone Hospital in Marseille, where he focused on pediatric neurosurgery. After successfully completing his training in 1993, Dr. van de Kelft became a permanent staff member in the Neurosurgery Department at the UZA and also a consultant at the Maria Middelares General Hospital in Sint-Niklaas. During this period, he earned a Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences, writing his doctoral thesis on the molecular genetics of malignant brain tumours. Since 1999 he has been a permanent member of the Neurosurgery Department of the Niklaas Hospital, Sint Niklaas, and the OLV (Our Lady) Hospital in Aalst; he is also a neurosurgery consultant at St. Jozef Hospital, Bornem. Dr. van de Kelft is especially known for his expertise in back surgery and in the surgical treatment of facial pain. He is the author of 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and a regular speaker at international conferences.