In his latest installment to the Total Spine series of instructional videos, Dr. Paul McCormick describes retropleural thoracotomy, a surgical technique used to treat complex spinal conditions of the thoracic and lumbar spine. “Retropleural thoracotomy is an important...
In microsurgery, a surgeon uses an operating microscope and specialized instruments to perform surgery on small or delicate structures.
Operating microscopes are designed to provide bright light and greatly magnify the surgical area. This allows the trained neurosurgeon to be more precise and effective in operating the delicate structures around and in the spinal cord and nerve roots. Many operating microscopes also display a high-resolution image on a screen in the operating room, and some allow recording of the procedure.
See below for some videos of spinal microsurgery conducted by Spine Hospital Director Dr. Paul C. McCormick who produced the videos as teaching aids for other neurosurgeons. They are available for public viewing, but keep in mind that they contain close-up footage of spine surgery.
Microsurgery may be used to remove a tumor or tangle of blood vessels in the spinal cord, a procedure called microsurgical spinal cord tumor resection. It may be used to remove part of a damaged disc, as in a cervical microdiscectomy or a lumbar microdiscectomy. In fact, it may be used as part of many surgeries, including minimally invasive surgery.
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The world-class neurosurgeons at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York continue a long tradition of skill, care, and expertise that result in the best possible surgical outcomes for our patients. Drs. Paul C. McCormick, Michael G. Kaiser, Peter D. Angevine, Alfred T. Ogden, Christopher E. Mandigo, Patrick C. Reid and Richard C.E. Anderson (Pediatric) are experts in microsurgical spine treatments.
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Dr McCormick video on microsurgical resection of a synovial cyst causing severe lumbar spinal stenosis published in Operative Neurosurgery
Synovial Cysts are a benign and fairly common condition in adult patients. They can arise in most joints throughout the body. In most cases they are asymptomatic but in the spine they can enlarge to produce severe spinal stenosis and pressure on the spinal nerves...
Dr. McCormick invited speaker at 37th Annual Meeting of the Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
Dr. McCormick was a featured speaker at the recent 37th Annual Joint Spine Section Annual Spine Summit meeting held in San Diego. He presented at the Innovative Technology Special Session: Operative Video Segments. His presentation was entitled “Intramedullary Tumor,...