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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 215-216
The association of spine surgeons of India monographs: Early-onset scoliosis and lumbar disc herniation

Department of Orthopaedics, Spine Clinic, Jupiter Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Web Publication6-Feb-2019

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Ingalhalikar VT. The association of spine surgeons of India monographs: Early-onset scoliosis and lumbar disc herniation. Indian J Orthop 2019;53:215-6

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Ingalhalikar VT. The association of spine surgeons of India monographs: Early-onset scoliosis and lumbar disc herniation. Indian J Orthop [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Aug 20];53:215-6. Available from:

Editor: Gautam Zaveri and Raghava D. Mulukutla

Published by: Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Limited, Noida, India

2019, ISBN: 978-93-86293-92-3, p175 and

978-93-86293-98-5, P 209

   Early Onset Scoliosis Top

The science of spinal deformity care is advancing in leaps and bounds. Lots of new information about the life history, growth behavior patterns, has come to light. Many a management methodologies which seemed like panacea and final answers at one time have proven of lesser value after the two long term studies of patients are available. Many new concepts about management are evolving. The newer imaging modalities and the ability to reconstruct the deformed spine in a three dimensional manner have helped designing new surgical procedures. Intra surgical helps such as navigations, robotics and newer innovative implants have made it possible to treat complex cases better than in the past.

This monograph is written in a very succinct manner in a simple, easily understandable format. The editors have recruited experts in the field as contributors who have neatly presented both, the newer and well established relevant, evidence-based facts in a useful format. It also contains plenty of useful illustrations. As is the pattern with all earlier monographs published by Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI), all the chapters in this book include a summary, key points, tips, pearls and a large number of references.

The book starts with deliberations on the development of vertebral column and the lungs in early onset scoliosis (EOS). It makes us aware of the thoracic insufficiency syndrome which is now considered important in the decision-making and the management of EOS. It takes us through the clinical assessment and nonsurgical methodologies such as casting and bracing, the management of intraspinal anomalies and congenital scoliosis. The nonfusion techniques such as growing rods etc., are described along with their complications and failures. Chapters on growth-guided systems, growth inhibition systems and osteotomies for EOS are good additions to this monograph. The book ends with a chapter on a variety of EOS case discussions.

The basic requirement of any monograph is that it needs to be brief, balancing the need to cover all the newer knowledge, methodologies and contain them in a smaller number of pages is a difficult struggle. The editors have succeeded in that. They have made it useful both for a younger and experienced EOS caregiver.

This updating monograph titled, “EOS,” brought out by the ASSI is expected to occupy an important place on the bookshelf of any spine care specialist.

   Lumbar Disc Herniation Top

Every year more and more spine care practitioners and the spinal scientist are publishing Newer knowledge about the spinal disorders and their care. With this Tsunami of information the end users, the spinal care practitioners, find it difficult to separate the useful, authentic, dependable and evidence-based information from the outdated and nonuseful. With regularly incoming significant advances, periodically comprehensive literature that presents this information is needed. This is exactly what the series of monographs, published by ASSI have achieved.

The editors of this monograph on “lumbar disc herniation” (LDH) have very carefully planned the book and made it very useful for both, the students and the practitioners. All contributors are well-known personalities in the field of spine surgery. The book is written in very simple, easy to understand format. The layout of the pages adds to the readability.

Each chapter briefly but systematically ends with a summary, pearls of wisdom, treatment pitfalls, key points, and plenty of references. One of the highlights of this monogram is that it is replete with clear and appropriate illustrations which support the text and help understanding things clearly.

The first section of the monograph describes the basic Sciences, the clinical evaluation and the Nonsurgical Management of LDH.

The second section includes discussion about Surgical Management of LDH. It starts with an overview of baseline lumbar discectomy and takes us through various prevalent surgical techniques including different endoscopic procedures and ends with recent trends such as annuloplasty, nucleoplasty, and dynamic stabilization. It also discusses the role of fusion in primary LDHs. The surgical techniques are described in step by step manner with plenty of tips about patient positioning, exposure, closure, and postoperative management. The monograph has deliberations about special situations in disc herniation, such as migrated discs, extraforaminal disc herniations, adolescent disc prolapse, cauda equina syndrome and has a valuable chapter summarizing the outcomes of various surgical procedures.

The third section includes chapters on postdiscectomy syndrome, the role of biologics in annular repair and discreconstitution and ends with a brief, well-illustrated case series discussion.

Given to the fact that in reality, larger number of LDH cases need to be treated nonsurgically than surgically, the deliberations on nonsurgical aspect are too brief and incomplete. In the next edition, this shortcoming needs to be addressed.

This updating monograph prepared by a scientific body like ASSI is an invaluable and a must addition to the bookshelf of an Orthopaedic and a neurosurgeon of all levels of experience and expertise.

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Vinod T Ingalhalikar
Department of Orthopaedics, Spine Clinic, Jupiter Hospital, Thane, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_583_18

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