Neurosurgical Focus: Video Call for Videos


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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.

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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

April 2024 - Minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery techniques

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET

Editors: Mark Mahan (lead), Kevin Foley, Rick Fessler, Laura Snyder, Hyeun-Sung (Harrison) Kim

Description: Technical advances in spine surgery instruments and techniques continually push how minimally invasive spine surgery can become. With increasing evidence that less invasive surgeries have clinical benefits, the future of much spine surgery involves minimal access techniques and technologies, including endoscopic techniques. However, at the same time, smaller access surgeries demand rigor and scrutiny in order to achieve the results and reproducibility of open surgeries. The goal of this issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video is to provide a detailed account and demonstration of minimally invasive techniques, allow thorough evaluation, facilitate common understanding of procedures, and provide widespread education for further adoption and improvement.

July 2024 - Epilepsy surgery

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

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.

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. 

Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

October 2023 - Intradural spinal tumors

Editors: Praveen Mummaneni (lead) Paul McCormick, Mark Bilsky, Michelle Clarke

Description: The resection of intradural spinal tumors has evolved over the past decade. New advances in preop imaging are allowing surgeons to define normal neural pathways from abnormal tumor tissue. The use of intraoperative adjuncts such as MRI, CT, and ultrasound allow for real time evaluation of tumor removal during surgery. Intraoperative use of neurophysiological monitoring assists surgeons to preserve patient neurological function. Minimally invasive approaches for intradural spinal tumor removal are also increasing in prevalence as advanced resection tools are now available. Some tumors are amenable to minimally invasive removal whereas others engender the need for open surgery with or without a fusion. This issue of NS Focus invites authors to submit videos detailing new advances in the remova of intradural spinal tumors (both intramedullary and extramedullary).

January 2024 - Use of the exoscope in neurosurgery

Editors: Constantinos Hadjipanayis (lead), Martin Lehecka, Gustavo Pradilla, Gabriel Zada, Libby Kosnik Infinger

Description: The advent of the digital surgical exoscope has provided the neurosurgeon with a high-definition and magnified panoramic view on a heads-up display that can be used for performing surgery. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus: Video will highlight the use of the exoscope in cerebrovascular, neuro-oncological, pediatric, peripheral nerve, and spinal neurosurgery. Novel and innovative video case presentations will be considered. Different exoscope technology platforms utilized in each of the above neurosurgery applications will also be considered.