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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 185

From the Desk of Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief, Journal of Spinal Surgery, Kovai Medical Center Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission25-Dec-2022
Date of Acceptance26-Dec-2022
Date of Web Publication30-Dec-2022

Correspondence Address:
J K.B.C. Parthiban
Kovai Medical Center Hospital, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joss.joss_60_22

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Parthiban J K. From the Desk of Editor in Chief. J Spinal Surg 2022;9:185

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Parthiban J K. From the Desk of Editor in Chief. J Spinal Surg [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Mar 21];9:185. Available from: http://www.jossworld.org/text.asp?2022/9/4/185/366331

Dear Friends,

At the outset, I extend our warm New Year wishes to all of you. We look forward to a prosperous 2023 for JOSS, and I am extremely happy to thank all contributors and editorial board members for all their support in all forms in the growth of the Journal of Spinal Surgery.

It is inevitable for the transition and change in spinal surgery that are waiting in line to come to limelight, without altering the results produced by the previous technologies. I have heard similar statements three decades ago when pedicular screws and microlumbar discectomies were introduced profusely in India. There is no second opinion about these techniques that are deeply rooted in spinal surgery now. Looking back and seeing the present, I find minimally invasive spine surgery is making a slow and steady progress and finding a space for itself in Indian neurospinal surgery and the masters in this field are already groomed. Minimally invasive spine surgery is all about preserving the functional anatomy of the spinal column while dealing with various disorders. Although many spinal surgeries can be done through the fascial planes, larger incisions and inadequate vision are some of the challenges faced by many. Endoscopy, the third eye over the surgical field, has certainly changed the game and with minimal scars is a boon for any patient. However, minimally invasive spinal surgery certainly needs good training and mastering the art of handling long instruments and performing surgeries through viewing the screens ahead. The triangulation of instruments is the core art one need to master. A step-wise transition from open to minimal incision, microscopic to endoscopic assisted, percutaneous technique to full endoscopes will be ideal with long-term training under good surgeons will make anyone an excellent minimally invasive spine surgeon. The learning curve is steep and one should climb methodically to achieve the best results and aim to surpass the existing one. I strongly believe in hard-core training in this field before practicing on patients.

This special issue on this subject is specifically picked up by our editorial team and invited the best surgeons in the country to contribute that apart from the contributions from our Korean friends who are the world leaders in this field. The commentaries are very valuable and the full issue is worth reading by everyone.

Best wishes


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