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  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Preface of the special issue on "Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases"

    Hisashi Koga
    First Published on: 26 May 2017
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    Single-incision laparoscopic closure of inguinal hernia in female children: a simplified technique

    Ahmed AbdElghaffar Helal
    Aim: Single-incision laparoscopic hernia repair (SILHR) is a popular technique, especially in female children, as it reduces the number of incisions while achieving a better cosmetic outcome. However, intracorporeal suturing and knotting remains a major obstacle during SILHR and it requires a relatively long learning curve. Conversely, extracorporeal suturing and knotting is straightforward, though it has several drawbacks. The purpose of this report is to describe a simple technique for SILHR in female children. Methods: Between May 2014 and December 2016, 100 girls with 120 hernias of the...
    First Published on: 23 May 2017
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  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Outcomes of full-endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy for cervical radiculopathy caused by bony stenosis of the intervertebral foramen

    Kazuo Ohmori , Koichiro Ono , Takeshi Hori
    Aim: Full-endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy (FPCF) has been utilized to treat cervical lateral disc herniation and provided good surgical outcomes. The authors examined the superiority of FPCF in patients with spondylotic foraminal stenosis. Methods: Fifty-nine cases of FPCF were evaluated. Of the 59 patients, 34 had lateral disc herniation (group H) and 25 had spondylotic foraminal stenosis (group S). Operative time, complications, length of hospital stay, visual analog pain scale scores of neck and arm pain, and the amount of facet joint resection were compared between the...
    First Published on: 21 May 2017
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  • Topic: Percutaneous endoscopic system for spinal diseases

    Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar laminectomy

    Yukoh Ohara , Sumito Shimizu , Junichi Mizuno
    Aim: Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar laminectomy or laminotomy (PELL) is a minimally invasive surgical technique to treat lumbar canal stenosis. The procedure is undertaken using a single port endoscope, as with percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PED). PED has become popular with spinal surgeons in Japan as a suitable surgery for lumbar disc herniation patients. Because PED has the powerful advantage of structural preservation, it allows for short hospital stays and early recovery of the patient. PELL and PED are conceptually very similar, in that they are both minimally invasive....
    First Published on: 27 Apr 2017
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    Common diseases mimicking lumbar disc herniation and their treatment

    Kyongsong Kim , Toyohiko Isu , Daijiro Morimoto , Naotaka Iwamoto , Rinko Kokubo , Juntaro Matsumoto , Takao Kitamura , Atsushi Sugawara , Akio Morita
    Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is a common disease characterized by leg pain, numbness, and low back pain, which are also encountered in peripheral nerve and paralumbar spine disease. This study describes other diseases with symptoms similar to LDH. Patients with paralumbar spine diseases such as superior cluneal nerve entrapment neuropathy (NEN), gluteus medius muscle pain, piriformis syndrome, and sacroiliac joint pain experience lowback, buttock, and leg pain. Peripheral nerve diseases of the leg including lateral femoral cutaneous NEN, common and superficial peroneal NEN, and tarsal...
    First Published on: 26 Apr 2017
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    Minimal laminectomy using the interlaminar approach for percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy

    Hisashi Koga , Hirohiko Inanami
    Aim: To evaluate the application of laminectomy using the interlaminar approach (ILA) for percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD). Methods: Minimal laminectomy using the ILA for PELD was performed in 13 patients with lumbar disc herniation (LDH). The width of the interlaminar space, shape of the caudal margin of the upper vertebral laminae (CM-UVL), LDH size, and caudal migration grade were radiologically evaluated. Ten LDHs were removed via the shoulder of the corresponding nerve root, and three via the axilla of the corresponding nerve root and dural sac. Bone status was...
    First Published on: 17 Apr 2017
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