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Spinal Tumor Surgery: A Case-Based Approach
Operating on any part of the body is tricky, but the spine is particularly challenging. Daniel Sciubba, director of spine tumor and spine deformity surgery at Johns Hopkins, is a master at negotiating that minefield. In one celebrated 2013 case, he spent two days—a total of 18 hours—operating on a patient whose spine had become dramatically deformed due to previously unsuccessful operations done elsewhere. After Scuibba’s operations, the patient could stand upright again for the first time in nine years.
Tackling primary or metastatic spinal tumors is especially difficult. Ziya Gokaslan, former head of the Johns Hopkins Department of Neurosurgery’s spine division and a Sciubba mentor, observes in his foreword to Spinal Tumor Surgery: A Case-Based Approach that such operations “require considerable thought, planning, and a multidisciplinary approach.”
As editor of this highly readable yet comprehensive text, Scuibba has enlisted 64 contributors—including 15 from Johns Hopkins, among them Gokaslan’s successor as spine division chief, Nicholas Theodore, to provide detailed descriptions of the indications that an operation is required, treatment goals, operative techniques and biomechanical considerations—all critically important to any surgeon undertaking a spine tumor operation.
Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, X-rays and superb medical illustrations—many by Ian Suk, head of medical illustration for the Department of Neurosurgery—this is an immensely valuable text for any surgeon currently performing spinal tumor operations or contemplating doing so.
Daniel M. Sciubba, M.D., Editor