Chapter 5. Controversies in Surgical Decompression: Timing of Decompressive Surgery of the Spinal Cord

  1. Arun Paul Amar MD.
  1. Mark S. Gerber and
  2. Volker K. H. Sonntag

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470753163.ch5

Surgical Management of Spinal Cord Injury: Controversies and Consensus

Surgical Management of Spinal Cord Injury: Controversies and Consensus

How to Cite

Gerber, M. S. and Sonntag, V. K. H. (2007) Controversies in Surgical Decompression: Timing of Decompressive Surgery of the Spinal Cord, in Surgical Management of Spinal Cord Injury: Controversies and Consensus (ed A. P. Amar), Blackwell Publishing, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470753163.ch5

Editor Information

  1. Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405122061

Online ISBN: 9780470753163

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Keywords:

  • surgical decompression;
  • surgery;
  • spinal cord;
  • population;
  • medical system

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Background

  • The case for and against early surgery

  • Logical arguments for early surgical decompression

  • Prospective trials

  • Treatment strategies

  • Conclusions