Neurosurgical Focus: Video Call for Videos


New submissions should be prepared following the Instructions for Authors.

The subject matter of your video must fit the monthly topic; if it does not fit the topic, your video will not be processed for peer review.

Please submit your video through Neurosurgical Focus: Video submission site.

When you have logged in, click “Submit a Video” and continue on with your submission. Please select the correct monthly topic from the pulldown menu choices. Complete all steps as directed, through to the Submit button.

Please note: submission deadlines are firm (11:59 p.m. ET on the date listed each month), and no late submissions will be considered.

2024 Video Issues

October 2024 - Movement disorders

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Andres Lozano (lead), Gordon Baltuch, Ellen Air, Francisco Ponce

Description:  Surgery for movement disorders is well established and becoming increasingly used. A number of important advances in the understanding of motor circuitry, in implant design, and in surgical techniques are leading to changes in the procedures and redefining surgical indications. Both deep brain stimulation and the re-emergence of lesioning methods including well-established radiofrequency techniques as well as the more recent application of incision-free surgery with focused ultrasound, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery are contributing to heightened interest in this area. Advances in brain imaging and technological advances including directional leads and physiological recordings with implanted deep brain stimulation electrodes are ushering in a future where closed loop systems may become a reality. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video will highlight some of these advances in this active area of functional neurosurgery. 

2025 Video Issues

January 2025 - Brain mapping 

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Rich Byrne (Lead), Isabelle Germano, JP Almeida, Shawn Hervey Jumper, Emmanuel Mandonnet

Description: Brain mapping techniques have evolved over the past two decades due to evolving technology and our increased understanding of white matter connections and functional systems, as opposed to functional areas. This has led to a fusion of preoperative imaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, metabolic studies, and intraoperative cortical and subcortical stimulation mapping techniques. Even within this paradigm, different centers may rely more on bipolar cortical mapping versus monopolar mapping, awake versus asleep techniques, electromyography versus electroencephalography monitoring, or no technique. Within stimulation mapping techniques, different centers will use different stimulation parameters in the hopes of eliciting functional areas without causing seizures. Centers across the world use each modality to a different degree, and formats such as this video series allow for sharing of what works best at each center.

In this issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video, video submissions should demonstrate an explanation of patient selection and preoperative testing but should mostly focus on intraoperative mapping techniques in tumor and epilepsy surgery that may be unique to the authors’ centers. The rationale for the authors’ choices should also be discussed.

April 2025 - Transorbital endoscope-assisted surgery

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Theodore Schwartz (Lead), Walavan Sivakumar, Doo-Sik Kong, Darlene Lubbe, Matteo de Notaris, Alberto Di Somma, Kris Moe

Description:  Minimally invasive skull base surgery, with endoscope assistance, has been an area of innovation in neurosurgery and ENT surgery over the last few decades. The latest approach, the transorbital approach, allows exposure of the orbital apex, sphenoid wing, middle fossa, cavernous sinus, Meckel’s cave, and anteromedial temporal lobe. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video will explore the indications, technical nuances, complications, and efficacy of the relatively new approach. 

July 2025 - Robotic spine surgery

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2025, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Nick Theodore (Lead), Karthik Madhavan, Anand Veeravagu, Ali Baaj, Laura Snyder, Brandon Carlson, Nicolai El Hindy

The usage of enabling technologies in spinal surgery has increased at an exponential rate. From intraoperative imaging to image guidance and robotics, the field is constantly changing. The adoption of some of these technologies has been slow due to multiple factors: a perceived steep learning curve, cost of the technology, and lack of outcomes data. Understanding the current state of robotics in spinal surgery will allow the surgeon to better evaluate whether these platforms will enhance outcomes in their hands. Being able to see a procedural workflow is a powerful demonstration of these. Surgery for movement disorders is well established and becoming increasingly used. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video will highlight the current usage of robotics in spinal surgery and explore possible new procedural solutions.

October 2025 - Arteriovenous fistula surgery

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2025, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Jonathan Russin (Lead), Stavropoula Tjoumakaris, Mika Niemela, Erez Nossek, Jeff Steinberg, Sepideh Amin-Hanjani

Description:  Arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are a heterogeneous collection of pathologies that present throughout the central nervous system. As such, the presentation of AVFs can range from tinnitus to paraplegia with variable indications for treatment. As with other vascular pathologies, endovascular management has evolved to be the first line of therapy for many of these lesions. Open surgical treatment has maintained relevance as a stand-alone treatment or in combined strategies. The goal of this issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video is to provide viewers with a broad demonstration of the types of AVFs, their presentation, and current treatment strategies. 

Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

July 2024 - Epilepsy surgery

Editors: Howard Weiner (lead), Dennis Spencer, Sharona Ben-Haim, Jonathan Roth

Description: The landscape of epilepsy surgery has expanded dramatically over the last 25 years, reflecting both philosophical and technical advances. These exciting developments have enabled the possibility of this surgical option for many more patients than previously thought and have been made possible by progress in both traditional and novel diagnostic and treatment approaches. Whereas only patients with concordant lesional or “focus-dominant” refractory epilepsy were previously considered for surgery, now patients with more complex “network-dominant” pathologies and multifocal, or even generalized, epilepsy are potential surgical candidates. There has been a parallel evolution in  epilepsy surgery techniques, with a shift from the use of subdural grids to stereo-EEG as a better tolerated method for invasive intracranial monitoring with or without neocortical grid and strip coverage. Similarly, whereas previously resection and/or disconnection of the seizure focus was the traditional therapeutic intervention in epilepsy surgery, currently in addition to resection, patients have the option of undergoing thermoablation of the surgical target with stereotactic laser interstitial therapy (LITT) and focused ultrasound (FUS) or neuromodulation of the brain with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), deep brain stimulation (DBS), and responsive neurostimulation (RNS). Treatment is individualized and tailored to the specific patient. In this issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video, we invite authors to submit videos highlighting all aspects of epilepsy surgery, traditional and novel, since both approaches are critically important in the neurosurgeon’s armamentarium.