Written by the world's foremost authorities on spinal microsurgery, this volume is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference on microsurgery for cervical and lumbar disc disease and other spinal disorders. The book guides the surgeon through every aspect of spinal microsurgery, including preoperative evaluation of patients, choice of instruments, surgical anatomy, surgical techniques for specific diseases, perioperative and postoperative care, and prevention and management of complications. More than 1,200 photographs, drawings, and radiographs complement the text.The introductory section explains the fundamentals of microsurgery: the microscope, instrumentation, wound healing and mobilization, bone grafting in the degenerative spine, and control of bleeding and infection. The next two sections provide detailed information on microsurgery for cervical and lumbar disc disease. Additional chapters describe microsurgical procedures for tumors, vascular malformations, infections, thoracic disc herniation, and narrowing at the cervicomedullary junction and foramen magnum.