Reviews update 07/13

Pain Physician 2013; 16:335-344:

The Current State of Endoscopic Disc Surgery: Review of Controlled Studies Comparing Full-Endoscopic Procedures for Disc Herniations to Standard Procedures

Christof Birkenmaier, MD; Martin Komp, MD; Hansjörg F. Leu, MD, PD; Bernd Wegener, MD; Sebastian Ruetten, MD, PD

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Edition January 31, 2010

In the past several years a large number of different endoscopic operative procedures have been developed for, and introduced into the clinical setting; therefore a need arose to offer our members some guidelines for the clinical practice of spinal endoscopy along with a list of references on clinically proven procedures. The ISMISS Board of Directors collaborated on a state of the art support and back-up document on methodical questions that may be raised in our practices regarding endoscopic spinal surgery.

It is our great pleasure to publish for our members and other interested practitioners in the field of minimally invasive spinal surgery our second edition of "Guidelines for Endoscopic Spinal Surgery", approved by the board of ISMISS in its session of Jan 28, 2010.

We welcome critical and technical input for consideration in periodic reviews of these guidelines and thank you all in advance for your contributions.

For feedback and input please contact Christof Birkenmaier, MD, by e-mail under

Respectfully yours,

Christof Birkenmaier, MD,, Board Delegate, ISMISS National Representative for Germany
John C. Chiu, MD, D.Sc., Past-President ISMISS
Hansjoerg Leu, MD, PD, President ISMISS 2008/2011

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