- Hisashi Koga, MD, PhD
- Department of Orthopaedics, Iwai Orthopaedic Medical Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.
His research interest focuses on endoscopic spinal surgery and minimally invasive spinal surgery. He has authored 8 articles on his research field in recent 3 years. He also obtained research grant from Humboldt foundation.
- Dr. Kyongsong Kim
- Department of Neurosurgery, Chiba Hokuso Hospital, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan.
- Dr. Manabu Sasaki
- Department of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery, Iseikai Hospital, Osaka, Japan.
Special Issue Introduction
Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) was firstly established for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. Because of its minimal invasiveness, PELD has also been applied to other spinal diseases, such as spinal canal stenosis and cervical radiculopathy. On the basis of this, highly sophisticated operative skills are required when PELD is performed. Therefore, we have to establish the training system of PELD to guarantee the safety of operations. In this special issue, we provide not only technical aspects of PELD, but also essential anatomical knowledge, knowledge for the appropriate operative indication, and the training system. We hope this special issue can help to facilitate the introduction and the safe dissemination of PELD.
KeywordsMinimally invasive spinal surgery, percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy, laminectomy, lumbar disc herniation, spinal canal stenosis, training system
Submission Deadline 7 May 2017