Anterior approaches to the spine – Booklet

Anterior Approaches to the Spine

Sharing the booklet on anterior approaches to the spine created for the Live Procine and Cadaveric Workshop conducted on 16th Feb 2020 as a part of Asia Pacific Spine Society’s live surgery course held in Mumbai.

The images in the document are taken from various textbooks and articles and I do not own copyright on these images. They are selected here in this booklet for their quality and clarity.

I would recommend the following books for further reading if you do like the images in this booklet.

Atlas of Spine Operations by Robert Winter

Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine by Daniel Kim

Spine Surgery: Tricks of the Trade

Atlas of Spinal Operations by Rudolf Bauer

Video Atlas : Thoracotomy approach for spinal tuberculosis

This is a surgical technique video of anterior thoracotomy approach for spinal tuberculosis. This approach was popularised by Arthur Hodgson from Hong Kong in the 1970s. As spinal tuberculosis mostly affects the anterior column, this approach provides an excellent visualisation of the pathology and allows for a direct visual on the anterior epidural abscess. This procedure has become uncommon in the last decade as most surgeons are comfortable with a posterior transpedicular approach for this pathology. A consequence of this trend is that young trainees are not exposed to this technique as frequently. Hope this surgical video can be a substitute for this inadequacy.