Clinical research interests include the development of new, less invasive (both endoscopic and minimally invasive) treatment strategies for addressing spinal problems, from the very simple to the complex. Furthermore, multi-center trials are being performed to further help to identify means to help limit the approach-related morbidity of spinal surgery, as well as investigate up-and-coming technologies and their safety and efficacy in dealing with spinal disorders. Multi-disciplinary research investigating the effects of spine surgery on back musculature and it's functionality is under way. Biomechanical investigations are focusing on the traumatized spine and more minimally invasive, surgical means to heal the fractured spine. Finally, laboratory research efforts are specifically directed towards refining and improving various minimally-invasive surgical treatment statagies for approaching the spine.
Robert Eric Isaacs
INTRODUCTION: The use of extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) and other lateral access surgery is rapidly increasing in popularity. However, limited data is available regarding its use in scoliosis surgery.
Objective: The purpose of this review was to investigate the diagnostic accuracy for screening and confirmation of clinical tests for cervical spine myelopathy (CSM) and to investigate the quality of the studies that have investigated these values
Cervical spine myelopathy (CSM) is a clinical diagnosis made with imaging confirmation.
BACKGROUND: Superior-level facet joint violation by pedicle screws may result in increased stress to the level above the instrumentation and may contribute to adjacent segment disease.
OBJECTIVE: Surgical strategies for the decompression of lumbar spinal stenosis have evolved to include minimally invasive techniques providing for adequate and safe decompression while reducing perioperative morbidity.
Background: Surgery remains the mainstay for management of lumbar spondylolisthesis and is considered an effective therapeutic modality following unsuccessful nonoperative treatment.
BACKGROUND: Surgery remains the mainstay for management of lumbar spondylolisthesis and is considered an effective therapeutic modality following unsuccessful nonoperative treatment.
OBJECTIVE Minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) via the retroperitoneal transpsoas approach is a technically demanding procedure with a multitude of potential complications.