Dr. Neeraj Adkar

1. Genetic epidemiology of osteoporosis across four microsatellite markers near the VDR gene

The large amount of positive genetic association data in a number of bone diseases suggests functional consequences of Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphism. In the present study, four microsatellite markers viz., D12S1633, D12S1635, D12S347, and D12S96, that lie in the vicinity of the VDR gene on chromosome 12 were selected to assess the allele distribution pattern and diversity among three groups of individuals - normal, osteopenia and osteoporosis.

2. Doctors don’t ‘back’ stem cell therapies.

Medical experts advise spinal injury victims not to pin hopes on this therapy as it is ‘not yet fully researched’, say doctors performing this treatment should not charge patients.

Dr. Pradyumna Pairaiturkar

1. Percutaneous endoscopic interlaminar discectomy for intracanalicular disc herniations at L5-S1 using a rigid working channel endoscope.

Percutaneous endoscopic transforaminal discectomy is often used as a minimally invasive procedure for lumbar disc herniation. However, a transforaminal approach posts limitations at the L5-S1 level owing to anatomic constraints, such as a high iliac crest or small intervertebral foramen and especially for migrated large intracanalicular disc herniations. We discuss the procedure and clinical results of percutaneous endoscopic interlaminar discectomy using a rigid working channel endoscope at the L5-S1 level and the relevant surgical anatomy.

2. Percutaneous endoscopic discectomy for extraforaminal lumbar disc herniations: extraforaminal targeted fragmentectomy technique using working channel endoscope.

A retrospective analysis of 41 patients operated for excision of soft lumbar extraforaminal disc herniation (EFDH) by percutaneous endoscopic extraforaminal approach under local anesthesia by a new technique.

3. The effect of early isolated lumbar extension exercise program for patients with herniated disc undergoing lumbar discectomy.

To determine the effects of a postoperative early isolated lumbar extension muscle-strengthening program on pain, disability, return to work, and power of back muscle after operation for herniated lumbar disc.

Dr. Ketan Deshpande

1. Working channel endoscope in lumbar spine surgery.

Percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy (PELD) is a well established modality in the treatment of patients with herniated lumbar discs. Since the time of its inception towards the end of 20th century, this technique has undergone significant modifications. With better understanding of the patho-anatomy and development of instrumentation the indications for PELD are on the rise.

2. New Era of Percutaneous Endoscopic Lumbar Surgery: Lumbar Stenosis Decompression – A Technical Report

The next step in expanding the indications of percutaneous endoscopic lumbar discectomy is management of lumbar canal stenosis via endoscopic approach. Technical advances in the endoscopic instruments especially endodrill [burr], and endoscopic punch are allowing the spine surgeons to take on the challenge of lumbar decompression by the most minimally invasive approach possible.

3. Watertight Sealing Without Lumbar Drainage for Incidental Ventral Dural Defect in Transthoracic Spine Surgery: A Retrospective Review of 53 Cases.

Objectives: To evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of the triple layer closure technique to establish watertight sealing without diversion of lumbar drainage, in preventing persistent incidental subarachnoid-pleural fistula and other neurological complications related to excessive drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) after dural defect in transthoracic ossified posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) surgery..