Synopsis of Spine Surgery, 2nd Edition

Synopsis of spine surgeryBy

  • Howard S. An
  • Kern Singh

A concise handbook for rapid review of surgical techniques

The second edition of Synopsis of Spine Surgeryuses a succinct, easily accessible outline format to present the latest diagnostic and management techniques for a range of spine problems. The book opens with review of general principles, including anatomy, surgical approaches, the physical examination, imaging and diagnostic testing, biomechanics of the spine and instrumentation, and the physiology of bone grafting. In the chapters that follow, the authors share their clinical expertise on the management of degenerative spinal conditions, deformities, and trauma, as well as on special topics such as tumors, infections, rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, and pediatric spine disorders.


  • Succinct outline format speeds reader through review of the goals of treatment, evaluation, classification of injuries, diagnosis, prognosis, indications, surgical treatments, and nonoperative treatment options, including pharmacologic intervention
  • Precise line drawings aid comprehension of surgical approaches and techniques
  • New chapters cover biological implants and motion sparing devices
  • Annotated bibliography provides reader with key references for further study
  • Handy portable size is ideal for busy physicians on the move

Synopsis of Spine Surgery will enable orthopedic surgeons, spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management specialists, and trainees, residents, and fellows in these specialties to optimize patient care. With its concise, easy-to-read format, the book is ideal for residents preparing for their annual in-service examination. It will also help medical students prepare for spine surgery rotations.


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