Stem Cell Tourism: Of Promise and Peril

As a spine surgeon, I am frequently asked about the benefits of stem cell therapy by patients (and their loved ones) who suffer from spinal cord injury. India is part of a vast network of countries where “website clinics” offer stem cell therapy for such injuries. These websites publish glowing patient testimonials, and many assure patients […]

Critical Appraisal of SPORT RCT

This is a presentation on critical appraisal of SPORT RCT using the Graphic Approach to Epidemiology (GATE). It was presented at the Research methodology workshop at IOACON 2016, Kochi. The SPORT study was a large multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing discectomy versus nonoperative care for lumbar disc herniations. The results of this study are analyzed […]

Chiari Malformation (Webinar)

Dr. Robert Bohinski, a neurosurgeon with Mayfield Chiari Center, explains the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Chiari malformation type 1. This patient webinar originally aired January 18, 2014. For further information regarding Chiari I Malformation and for info regarding upcoming webinars, please visit: http://www.MayfieldChiariCenter.com This is a highly instructive and comprehensive talk, especially for orthopedic spine […]

The Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius

“A blind man works on wood the same way as a surgeon on the body when he is ignorant of anatomy.” –Chirurgia Magna, Treatise I, Doctrine I, Ch I Every surgeon knows the importance of anatomy. It is impossible to navigate through the human body without having an accurate roadmap. Until the Renaissance, the knowledge of […]

En Bloc Resection for Primary Spinal Tumors

Metastatic lesions account for majority spinal tumors. Primary spinal malignancies are rare, however, surgery in these tumours can be curative if performed with an en bloc technique. Intralesional excision of primary spinal tumor such as chordoma is associated with a 100% recurrence rate. Hence, it is important to know the histological diagnosis before embarking on […]