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Interspinous Process Devices in the Treatment of Lumbar Spine Diseases

Call for Papers

Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis is a progressive spinal disease common in elderly population, characterized by ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, bulging of the intervertebral disc, and facet joint thickening with compression of the neural elements. Although a growing number of different minimal invasive treatments have been introduced for the degenerative lumbar spine disease, the interspinous process devices (IPDs) recognize now a golden age. Actually there are a number of implants in various stages of investigation with indications for the treatment of low back pain ranging from mild degenerative disk disease to lumbar stenosis and instability. The IPDs provide neural decompression with only a minimal amount of tissue resection, making the procedure less invasive. The use of interspinous devices has been spreading in recent years for ease of implantation, which can also be performed in local anesthesia and which does not provide an opening of the spinal canal, and for their low costs. The widespread use led to a sort of confusion about the indications and so today the interspinous devices are used indiscriminately and in my opinion not correctly in many circumstances. Although various studies report encouraging results when IPD decompression surgery is compared with a nonoperative control group, the available evidence does not permit scientific conclusions concerning the effects of interspinous decompression on health outcomes.

We invite investigators to submit original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the biomechanical effects of interspinous distraction on the neural elements, the development of strategies to treat spinal lumbar stenosis, and correct indications for the use of IPDs in the treatment of spinal lumbar diseases. We are particularly interested in articles describing the evaluation of radiological and clinical outcomes and related complications of these new devices. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimally invasive spine surgery for mono- or multilevel spinal stenosis
  • New interspinous devices in the treatment of spinal lumbar diseases
  • Indications of interspinous devices in spondylolisthesis and herniated disc
  • Clinical and radiological outcome after interspinous process decompression devices
  • Correct indications for IPDs
  • IPDs related complications
  • Cost of IPDs

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

Manuscript DueFriday, 11 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 4 June 2014
Publication DateFriday, 29 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Roberto Gazzeri, Department of Neurosurgery, San Giovanni Addolorata Hospital, Rome, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Alex Alfieri, Department of Neurosurgery, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Marcelo Galarza, Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain