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Posterior Transpedicular Dynamic Systems in the Treatment of Chronic Lumbar Instability

Call for Papers

Low back pain is a very common problem. It has become one of the leading causes of disability, and the cost of treatment has been increasing progressively each year. On the other hand, the clinical results are not satisfactory. The search for a cure and elimination of back pain does not appear to be a viable option at this point. There are numerous theories trying to explain how the pain occurs. The segmental instability is an important factor in low back pain. The development of disk degeneration demolishes many pathologies starting from the simple annular tear to degenerative scoliosis. Simple discectomy, fusion, or total disc arthroplasty, all of these treatments, are based on the destruction/removal of lumbar disc. We must keep in our minds that none of any artificial material is now worth of our own disc. So our treatment strategy should always have a respectful strategy to disc. Pedicle screw-based dynamic stabilization urges us not to destroy/remove but support the functional segment.

On the other hand, multilevel chronic instability is predominantly seen in older age group. Fusion results are mostly disappointing, and total disc replacement has no place in the treatment of elderly patients.

We should conclude that either the dynamic stabilization is a strong alternative to traditional surgical methods, or fusion is still a gold standard in the surgical treatment of degenerative disc disease. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Philosophy of pedicle screw-based dynamic stabilization
  • Biomechanics of different systems
  • Finite element studies
  • Artificial ligament systems
  • Dynamic rod systems
  • Facet replacement systems
  • Clinical series
  • Superiority and weakest points of these systems
  • Comparing with a fusion and disc prosthesis
  • Complications

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/aop/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 9 November 2012
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 1 February 2013
Publication DateFriday, 29 March 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Ali Fahir Ozer, Neurosurgery Department, Koc University School of Medicine, Sariyer, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey

Guest Editors

  • Vijay K. Goel, Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence (E-CORE), Departments of Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Surgery, Colleges of Engineering and Medicine, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, USA
  • Ahmet Alanay, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Bilim University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul Spine Center, Florence Nightingale Hospital, Sisli, 34403 Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mehdi Sasani, Department of Neurosurgery, American Hospital, Nisantasi, 34365 Istanbul, Turkey
  • Tunc Oktenoglu, Department of Neurosurgery, American Hospital, Nisantasi, 34365 Istanbul, Turkey
  • Deniz Erbulut, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Neurosurgery, Koc University, Sariyer, 34450 Istanbul, Turkey