Benzel’s Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management 5th Edition + Video


Written and edited by world-renowned experts in the field, Benzel’s Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management, 5th Edition, provides expert, step-by-step guidance on the evaluation and management of disorders of the spine.

Written and edited by world-renowned experts in the field, Benzel’s Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance and Management, 5th Edition, provides expert, step-by-step guidance on the evaluation and management of disorders of the spine. This definitive, two-volume work explores the full spectrum of techniques used in spine surgery, giving you the tools you need to hone your skills and increase your knowledge in this challenging area. Clearly organized and extensively revised throughout, it features contributions from both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons to present a truly comprehensive approach to spine disease.

  • Offers a thorough overview of the effective management of patients with spinal disorders, including fundamental principles, biomechanics, applied anatomy, instrumentation, pathophysiology of spinal disorders, surgical techniques, motion preservation strategies, non-surgical management, and complication avoidance and management, as well as controversies.
  • Focuses on both pathophysiology and surgical treatment of spine disease, with an increased emphasis on minimally invasive surgery.
  • Contains new features such as key points boxes at the beginning of chapters and algorithms to help streamline the decision making process.
  • Covers today’s hot topics in spine surgery, such as health economics, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, new less invasive techniques including endoscopic spine surgery, and the future of spine surgery.
  • Provides expert coverage of key topics including biomechanics of motion preservation techniques, spinal injuries in sports, biologics in spine fusion surgery, anterior sub-axial cervical fixation and fusion techniques, complex lumbosacropelvic fixation techniques, and many more.
  • Features more than 1,500 high-quality illustrations, as well as new procedural videos on en bloc spondylectomy, minimally invasive endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy, cervical total disc replacement, minimally invasive lumbar decompression of stenosis, and more.


Benzel’s Spine Surgery A must-have resource for every neurosurgeon and orthopedic spine surgeon




Michael P. Steinmetz MD







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1. History of Spine Surgery
2. History of Spine Biomechanics
3. History of Spinal Instrumentation: The Modern Era
4. Functional Anatomy of the Spine
5. Biomechanical Modeling of the Spine
6. The Intervertebral Disc: Anatomy, Pathophysiology, and Aging
7. Muscles and the Spine: Dynamic Stabilization
8. Bone Physiology and Osteoporosis
9. Applied Anatomy of the Thoracolumbar Spine
10. Fundamentals of Spinal Alignment and Balance
11. Applied Anatomy of the Spinal Cord
12. Molecular and Anatomic Mechanisms of Nerve Root, Spinal Nerve, and Peripheral Nerve Injury
13. Spine Fusion: Biology and Biomechanics
14. Implant Attributes: Cantilever Beam Fixation
15. Biomechanics and Implant Materials: The Anterior Column
16. Biomechanics of Motion Preservation Techniques
17. Complications in Spine Surgery: Expected Rates and Classification
18. Spinal Cord Dysraphism and Myelodysplasia
19. Congenital Spinal Deformity
20. Early Onset Scoliosis
21. Late-Onset Idiopathic Scoliosis
22. Scheuermann Disease
23. Developmental Spondylolisthesis
24. Craniovertebral Junction Deformities
25. Developmental Deformity in the Cervical Spine
26. Tarlov Cysts
27. Dural and Meningeal Pathologies
28. Chiari Malformations and Syringomyelia
29. Pathophysiology of Cervical Spondylosis, Radiculopathy, and Myelopathy
30. Pathophysiology of Thoracic Spondylosis, Radiculopathy, and Myelopathy
31. Pathophysiology of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Pain
32. Deformity in the Cervical Spine
33. Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
34. Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
35. Occipitocervical Injuries
36. Subaxial Cervical Spine Injuries
37. Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Injuries
38. Peripheral Nerve Injury
39. Spinal Cord Injury
40. Spinal Injuries in Sports


130. Posterior Approaches to the Lumbar Spine: Minimally Invasive Fusion
131. Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
132. Anterior and Anterolateral Lumbar Spine Decompression and Fusion: MIS Approaches
133. Complex Lumbosacropelvic Fixation Techniques
134. Spinal Augmentation for Vertebral Compression Fractures
135. Indications for Spine Fusion for Axial Pain
136. Cervical Disc Herniation
137. Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation
138. Thoracic Discectomy
139. Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
140. Sacroiliac Joint Pain
141. Surgical Principles for Spinal Deformity
142. An Approach for Treatment of Complex Adult Spinal Deformity
143. An Approach for Treatment of Complex Pediatric Spinal Deformity
144. Cervicothoracic Deformity: The Role of Anterior Surgery
145. Cervical and Cervicothoracic Deformity Correction: Posterior-based Osteotomies
146. The Role of Anterior Surgery for Thoracolumbar Deformity
147. Anterior Column Release in Deformity
148. Posterior-based Management of Spinal Deformity
149. Minimally Invasive Approaches to Spinal Deformity
150. Surgical Management of High-Grade Dysplastic Spondylolisthesis
151. Deformity Surgery for Ankylosing Spondylitis
152. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
153. Oncologic Approaches, and Outcomes for Primary Spine Tumors
154. Staging, Classification, and Oncologic Approaches for Metastatic Tumors Involving the Spine
155. Tumors at the Foramen Magnum and Craniocervical Junction
156. Cervicothoracic Junction Tumors
157. Thoracic and Thoracolumbar Spinal Tumors: Regional Challenges
158. Sacral Tumors: Regional Challenges
159. Radiosurgery for Spinal Tumors
160. The Acute Management of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury and Polytrauma
161. Timing of Surgery Following Spinal Cord Injury
162. Medical Management of Adult and Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury
163. Spinal Traction
164. Medical Management of Fractures without Spinal Cord Injury
165. Anterior Surgery for Cervical Trauma
166. Posterior Surgery for Cervical Trauma
167. Surgical Approaches to Thoracolumbar Trauma
168. Surgical Approaches for Sacral Fractures and Sacropelvic Injuries
169. Rehabilitation and Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury Section 5.5: General Surgical Technique
170. Harvest of Autograft for Spinal Fusion
171. Vascularized Bone Grafts in Spine Surgery
172. Spinal Wound Closure
173. Big Data in Health Care
174. Spine Registries
175. Conflicts of Interest in Spine Surgery
176. Art of the Clinical Trial
177. Meaningful Retrospective Analysis
178. Art and Science of Guideline Formation
179. Appropriate Use Criteria in Spine Surgery
180. Precision Medicine: Artificial Intelligence Applied to Evaluation and Management of Spinal Disorders
181. Healthcare Reform and Spine Surgery
182. Development of New Technologies in Spine Surgery

Video Contents

Video 28.1: Chiari decompression principles and technique
Video 46.1: En bloc spondylectomy
Video 102.1: Odontoid screw fixation of type 2 odontoid fracture
Video 108.1: Minimally invasive endoscopic posterior cervical foraminotomy
Video 111.1: Cervical total disc replacement
Video 111.2: Minimally invasive posterior cervical laminoforminotomy
Video 121.1:T-10 to ilium fusion with hook and transpedicular fixation
Video 122.1: Minimal access spinal technologies (MAST) midline lumbar fusion (MIDLF) at L4-5
Video 127.1: Minimally invasive lumbar decompression of stenosis
Video 129.1: Transforaminal endoscopic discectomy
Video 129.2: Endoscopic hemilaminotomy and resection of synovial cyst