April 2009: Moyamoya Disease

Moyamoya Disease

Drs. R. Michael Scott and Edward R. Smith discuss the surgical treatment of moyamoya syndrome in patients with sickle cell anemia. Successful care in these complicated cases involves multidisciplinary cooperation among hematologists, anesthesiologists, and neurosurgeons. The authors recommend operative treatment with pial synangiosis, which appears to be safe and to confer long-lasting protection against further stroke in this population. The particulars of operative management and postoperative care are discussed.

March 2009: Endovascular Approaches to Cerebral Ischemia

Endovascular Approaches to Cerebral Ischemia

Drs. Aaron Dumont and Max Kole discuss intracranial angioplasty and stent implantation for direct cerebral revascularization.

February 2009: Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Dr. Jeff Elias and Dr. Rajiv Midha discuss the role of stem cells in peripheral nerve surgery.

January 2009: Spinal Vascular Malformations

Spinal Vascular Malformations

Dr. Edward Oldfield and Dr. David Piepgras discuss spinal extradural arteriovenous malformations.

December 2008: Surgery of the Central Skull Base

Surgery of the Central Skull Base

Dr. Vinko V. Dolenc and Dr. Ricardo Ramina discuss the surgical management of trigeminal schwannomas.

November 2008: Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Acute Spinal Cord Injury

In this podcast Dr. Michael Fehlings interviews Dr. Gregory Hawryluk about the results of recent spinal cord injury clinical and experimental trials, and the current state of spinal cord injury research.

October 2008: Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. David Okonkwo speaks with physicist Dr. Marek Czosnyka about his group’s work in continuous monitoring of cerebrovascular pressure reactivity in patients with head injury.

September 2008: Advances in the Management of Epilepsy

Advances in the Management of Epilepsy

Dr. James Rutka interviews Dr. Gregory Worrell about his Phase 1 trial of a hybrid grid for intracranial electroencephalography.

August 2008: Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery

In this podcast Dr. Praveen Mummaneni interviews Dr. Paul Park about his technique for minimally invasive, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with reduction of spondylolisthesis.

July 2008: Psychosurgery

Psychosurgery

Nathalie Charles interviews Dr. G. Rees Cosgrove about the future and current state of psychosurgery. Ablative surgery and deep brain stimulation are discussed.

June 2008: Management of Brain Abscesses

Management of Brain Abscesses

Dr. Atul Goel and Dr. Manu Kothari discuss the treatment of brain abscesses and the brain’s immune-privileged status.

May 2008: Current and Evolving Strategies for Nonmalignant Intracranial Tumors

Current and Evolving Strategies for Nonmalignant Intracranial Tumors

In this podcast, Nathalie Charles speaks with Dr. Felix Umansky, neuroanatomist and skull base surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center of Hebrew University about radiation-induced meningiomas and the historical overuse of radiation therapy.

March/April 2008: Stem Cells and Central Nervous System Therapeutics

Stem Cells and Central Nervous System Therapeutics

In this podcast Dr. Nathan Selden, topic editor of the March/April issue of Neurosurgical Focus and Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Oregon Health & Science Center, interviews Dr. Ole Isacson, Professor of Neurology (Neuroscience) at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Neuroregeneration Research/Neuroregeneration Laboratories at McLean Hospital. They discuss the two primary goals of neurotransplantation, restoration in CNS connections and interruption in disease processes; present and future roles of surgery and pharmacology in CNS repair (and the related competition of neurosurgery and neurology); the applicability of deep brain stimulation and neural cell implantation in the treatment of Parkinson disease; whether stem cell therapy holds greater promise than other CNS therapies; what types of stem cells may be best for CNS repair; and what would be an inappropriate use of stem cells in CNS therapy.