Rapid development of minimally invasive spinal surgery: exciting advancements and challenges
Preface

Rapid development of minimally invasive spinal surgery: exciting advancements and challenges

This special section of Annals of Translational Medicine focuses on the important and interesting topic of minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS). Techniques of MISS have developed rapidly in the past few decades. The spectrum of MISS now includes spinal degenerative diseases, spinal trauma, spinal deformity and spinal tumors.

In this special issue, hot topics such as percutaneous endoscopic cervical discectomy, endoscopic lumbar discectomy, and minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion in the treatment of spinal degenerative diseases are discussed. The use of MISS techniques in the treatment of spinal trauma is also reviewed. Readers will find recommendations on dealing with secondary osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Finally, readers will be introduced to the safe and effective use of MISS techniques in the treatment of spinal deformity and spinal metastases, which pose challenges for spine surgeons.

This special issue not only focuses on exciting aspects of MISS, but also highlights limitations and complications associated with MISS. Readers and future patients alike will benefit from this critical review of complications.

In summary, this special issue reports the newest MISS techniques in the treatment of a wide spectrum of spinal disorders. This timely issue will be extremely useful to spine surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, neurological surgeons, and young scientists who are interested in MISS. As MISS is still in its evolution, we also hope that this issue can bring some inspiration to readers to contribute to its progress.


Acknowledgements

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Roger Härtl
Ai-Min Wu

Roger Härtl, MD

Department of Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Institute, New York, NY, USA.
(Email: roger@hartlmd.net)

Ai-Min Wu, MD, PhD

Department of Spine Surgery, Zhejiang Spine Surgery Centre, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital of the Wenzhou Medical University, The Second School of Medicine Wenzhou Medical University, The key Orthopaedic Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, Wenzhou 325000, China.
(Email: aiminwu@wmu.edu.cn)

doi: 10.21037/atm.2018.03.32

Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Cite this article as: Härtl R, Wu AM. Rapid development of minimally invasive spinal surgery: exciting advancements and challenges. Ann Transl Med 2018;6(6):98. doi: 10.21037/atm.2018.03.32