Global Challenges, Universal Solutions
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves was a tremendous success!
Proposed Bylaws Change Regarding Medical Students at the Annual Meeting
The Joint Section is committed to fostering an interest in spine surgery in medical student and young potential neurosurgeons. We offer free registration to medical students.
However, we are considering a bylaws change that would mandate that a medical student who wishes to attend the Annual Meeting should be sponsored by a registered MD or DO physician.
Neurologic Events After Epidural Steroid Injections
The FDA has released a risk assessment of epidural steroid injections. The assessment emphasizes that the FDA has not approved any glucocorticoid product for epidural injection.
Hence all epidural injections are considered off-label use.
A NEJM review of the announcement is available here.
Spine Section Position StatementAANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Updated Position Statement: Intraoperative Electrophysiological Monitoring
Intraoperative electrophysiological monitoring (IOM) during spinal surgery may assist in diagnosing neurological injury. However, there currently exists no evidence such monitoring either (1) reduces the incidence of neurological injury, or (2) mitigates the severity of it.1-3 IOM should be performed in procedures when the operating surgeon feels that the diagnostic information is of value, such as deformity correction, spinal instability, spinal cord compression, intradural spinal cord lesions and when in proximity to peripheral nerves or roots.4,5 Spontaneous and evoked electromyography is recommended for minimally invasive lateral retroperitoneal transpsoas approaches to the lumbar spine, and may also be of utility during pedicle screw insertion.6,7
Read the complete position statement here.
Hypothermia and Human Spinal Cord Injury: Updated Position Statement and Evidence Based Recommendations from the AANS/CNS Joint Sections on Disorders of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves and Neurotrauma & Critical Care
Scientific studies have documented a potential benefit of systemic hypothermia in animal models of acute spinal cord injury; however there remains a paucity of clinical evidence to recommend for or against the practice of either local or systemic hypothermia for acute SCI in humans. The level IV evidence suggesting the safety of modest systemic hypothermia is promising, but controlled, comparative clinical studies investigating safety and efficacy must be performed prior to the introduction of hypothermia in the routine clinical care of patients with acute SCI.
Grade I - There is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the practice of either local or systemic therapeutic hypothermia as a treatment for acute spinal cord injury.
Grade C - There is level IV evidence based on one retrospective comparative cohort study and one prospective cohort study to suggest that systemic modest hypothermia might be applied safely to this population.
Read a the complete postition statement here.
Concensus statement on Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty
A consensus statement developed by the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), American College of Radiology (ACR), American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), American Society of Spine Radiology (ASSR), Canadian Interventional Radiology Association (CIRA), and the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) was recently published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. Barr JD, et al. Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 25:171-181, 2014. In this manuscript, the societies state their position that vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty (i.e., percutaneous vertebral augmentation) is a safe, efficacious, and durable procedure for the treatment of appropriate patients with pathologic fractures due to osteoporosis or neoplastic processes. It is stressed that these treatments must be performed in accordance with published standards. The position statement also notes that these procedures are only offered when non-operative medial therapy has not provided adequate relief or if their symptoms are significantly effecting their quality of life.
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
Thoracic spinal surgery and peripheral nerve surgery, including
sympathectomy, are traditional and integral components of neurosurgical
training and practice. Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) of the spine
is a minimally invasive technique performed by neurosurgeons for conditions
traditionally treated by neurosurgery. These conditions include thoracic
sympathectomy for hyperhydrosis, upper extremity complex regional pain
syndromes, and thoracic spinal surgery for thoracic disc herniation, spinal
tumor, spinal instability, and scoliotic deformity.
Neurosurgeons currently in training receive experience in VATS during
residency and are examined for competency in the procedure and its
indications by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Neurosurgical
residency programs provide opportunity for training in minimally invasive
neurosurgical techniques, including VATS for sympathectomy and spinal disorders.
Mission Statement - May 01, 2016
Washington State Approves Coverage for Lumbar and Cervical Artificial Discs - Oct 17, 2008
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons Applaud the SPORT Study Results which Support the Benefit of Surgery in Treating Patients with Symptomatic Herniated Lumbar Discs - Nov 29, 2006
The American Board of Neurological Surgery Establishes Requirements for Maintenance of Certification - Nov 28, 2006
The AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Announces the Release of the Lumbar Fusion Guidelines - An Evidenced-Based Approach to Lumbar Fusion - Nov 27, 2006
To advance spine and peripheral nerve patient care through education, research and advocacy
Purpose of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves Section
To foster the use of spinal neurosurgical methods for the treatment of
diseases of the spinal neural elements, the spine and peripheral nerves.
To advance spinal neurosurgery and related sciences, to improve patient
care, to support meaningful basic and clinical research, to provide leadership
in undergraduate and graduate continuing education, and to promote administrative
facilities necessary to achieve these goals.
Founders: The Section on Disorders
of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves was founded at the suggestion of Albert
L. Rhoton, MD in 1978 to Charles Drake, MD, President of the AANS in 1978.
Also instrumental were Stewart B. Dunsker, MD and Russell Travis, MD.
|Chairperson||Praveen Mummaneni, MD|
|Chairperson-Elect||Jack Knightly, MD|
|Immediate Past Chairperson||John Hurlbert, MD|
|Secretary||Marjorie Wang, MD|
|Treasurer||Michael Wang, MD|
|Members at Large||J. Coumans, MD, F. Lamarca, MD, E. Potts, MD||