The brainstem has been described in the surgical community as ‘a fool’s errand’ because it is nearly ‘unsurmountable,’ the editors of this book write in their Preface. The good news is that recent advances in anesthesia, imaging, instrumentation, monitoring, and rehabilitative care, and surgical technique, have made it easier to approach this and other areas of the human brain.
However, it is essential that the physician have an honest and frank discussion of the risks involved in surgery to remove a tumor or improve his condition, and then too, only if surgery is the only option available.
These factors must be considered by the surgeon and explained to the patient: his or her age, medical condition, nature of the ailment, and the expected outcome after the surgery.
That said, this textbook provides authoritative and extensive coverage of the operative procedures relating to surgeries of the brainstem, the thalamus, the pineal region, and other areas.
The conditions diseases to be surgically treated are numerous and varied: aneurysms, malformations of several types, tumors, and others.
Ninety-six specialists in neurosurgery and allied fields, such as these and others – cerebrovascular surgery, cranial surgery, neuro-oncology, neurotology, neuropathology, neuroradiology, otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, radiosurgery, skull base surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery – authored the 33 chapters of this extensive text on surgery of the brainstem and regional areas.
They are from all over the United States and nine other countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. We list the titles of seven Parts and 33 chapters of this book below, providing you an overview of its contents:
- Part I – History of Brainstem Surgery
- History of Brainstem Surgery
- Part II – Anatomy, Development, and Pathology of the Brainstem, Thalamus, and Pineal Region
- Anatomy of the Brainstem, Thalamus, Pineal Region, and Cranial Nerves
- Development of the Human Brainstem and Its Vasculature
- Pathology of the Brainstem
- Part III – Examinaion, Imaging, and Monitoring for Brainstem Surgery
- Imaging Anatomy and Pathology of the Brainstem, Thalamus, and Pineal Region
- Neuromonitoring for Brainstem Surgery
- Neurologic Examination of the Brainstem and Thalamus
- Part IV – Surgical Approaches to the Brainstem, Thalamus, and Pineal Region
- Surgical Approaches to the Ventral Brainstem and Thalamus
- Approaches to the Dorsal Brainstem, Thalamus and Pineal Region
- Skull Base Approaches to the Lateral Brainstem and Cranial nerves
- Endoscopic Approaches to the Brainstem
- Safe Entry Zones to the Brainstem
- Part V – Comprehensive Management of Tumors of the Brainstem, Thalamus, and Pineal Region
- Adult Brainstem Gliomas
- Pediatric Brainstem Tumors
- Tumors of the Thalamus
- Tumors of the Third Ventricle
- Tumors of the Fourth Ventricle
- Tumors of the Cerebellopontine Angle
- Pineal Region Tumors
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Tumors of the Brainstem, Thalamus, and Pineal Region
- Radiotherapy for Pineal, Thalamic and Brainstem Tumors
- Neuro-Oncologic Considerations for Pineal, Thalamic, Brainstem Tumors
- Part VI – Comprehensive Management of Vascular Pathology of the Brainstem and Thalamus
- Brainstem Ischemia
- Microsurgical Embolectomy
- Brainstem and Thalamic
- Surgical Management of Posterior
- Endovascular Management of Aneurysms
- Surgical Management of Thalamic and Brainstem Arteriovenous Malformations
- Endovascular Management of Brainstem and Thalamic Arteriovenous Malformations
- Surgery for Thalamic and Brainstem Cavernous Malformations
- Revascularization of the Brainstem
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Arteriovenous Malformations of the Basal Ganglia, Thalamus and Brainstem
- Part VII – Implants and Cranial Valve Repair
- Auditory Brainstem Implants
This book provides coverage that is among most comprehensive available today, on surgical treatment of various ailments, anomalies, conditions, diseases, malformations, and tumors in the brainstem and other areas. It is amply illustrated with colorful and detailed images and accompanying explanations. This is absolutely the book to own by any ambitious, aspiring, as well as by any forward-thinking, established and experienced neurosurgeon.
Robert F. Spetzler, MD is Emeritus President and CEO of Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.
Yashar Kalani, MD, PhD is Vice Chair, Associate Professor, and Director of Skullbase and Neurovascular Surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia
Michael T. Lawton, MD is President, CEO, and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.