Neurosurgical Focus: Video Call


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 (midnight E.T. on the date listed each month) and no late submissions will be considered.

2023 Video Issues

January 2023

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2022

Topic: Regaining function via peripheral nerve surgery

Editors: Lynda J-S Yang (lead), Zarina S. Ali, Brandon W. Smith, Mariano Socolovsky, Kevin N. Swong

Description: The application of peripheral nerve surgery towards regaining function, rather than preserving function, has recently increased in breadth and application. No longer is nerve reconstruction limited solely to addressing brachial plexus and peripheral nerve disorders, but knowledgeable surgeons have improved function for patients with other disorders with associated neurological deficits -- such as spinal cord injury, stroke, C5 palsy, cervical polyradiculopathy, and deficits resulting from tumor resection in brain and body cavities. We are seeking video submissions that focus upon appropriate and novel broader indications/ disorders amenable to nerve reconstruction strategies for functional recovery after sensorimotor loss in adult and pediatric patients, and we also welcome submissions that provide nuances in the context of nerve reconstruction for brachial plexus and peripheral nerve disorders.

April 2023 - Intraventricular endoscopic surgery

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2022

Editors: Mark Hamilton (lead), Ahmed Toma, Charles Teo, Caroline Hayhurst, Mark Souweidane

Description: The application of endoscopic surgical techniques to manage intraventricular pathologies remains a challenge, despite technological advances and increasing utilization by neurosurgeons. While endoscopic visualization has significantly improved, the limited tools and methods for intraoperative hemostasis remain as the most difficult of intraventricular endoscopic surgical issues. Video submissions should aim to address the endoscopic management of different intraventricular pathologies, including, but not limited to, congenital malformations, colloid cysts, intraventricular arachnoid, and neurenteric cysts, intraventricular tumors or tumors with intraventricular extension, and vascular lesions. Video submissions should elaborate on the different surgical methods, including the application of image guidance during surgical planning and the endoscopic tools that are utilized. Methods for managing intraoperative complications as well as technical nuances should be highlighted. As well, submissions should also review management strategies that are involved while approaching surgical and nonsurgical treatment decisions.

July 2023 - Techniques in MRI-negative Cushing disease

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2023

Editors: Jamie Van Gompel (lead), Matteo Zoli, Maria Peris Celda, Juan Fernando Miranda

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) negative Cushing Disease is one of the most difficult and challenging surgical cases in both pituitary surgery and skull base. Experience is gained by a sequence of failure and experience. There are a variety of established and novel techniques which would benefit from high quality video documentation that would help established surgeons and novices alike improve patient care for this difficult population. In this edition we welcome high quality videos addressing pituitary exploration, cavernous sinus exploration, and methods of subtotal gland resection. In addition videos correlating novel imaging techniques such as PET and 7T MRI with prior MRI negative cases and demonstration of an adenoma would be welcome. We believe this will be a valuable resource for the neurosurgery and endocrine community.

October 2023 - Intradural tumors

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2023

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

Description: The resection of intradural 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 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 removal intradural tumors (both intramedullary and extramedullary).

Upcoming Issues (no longer accepting submissions)

October 2022

Topic: Flow diversion for cerebral aneurysms

Editors: Peter Kan (lead), Elad Levy, Felipe Albuquerque, Mandy Jo Binning

Description: Flow diversion has become increasingly used as the primary treatment for unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The video issue is dedicated to the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms with flow diversion. We are seeking video submissions that highlight different techniques critical to the success of a flow diversion procedure (eg. access, deployment, post-processing, and complication avoidance/management) as well as videos that demonstrate different flow diverter technologies. We are especially interested in videos that provide technical nuances for challenging flow diversion cases, such as giant aneurysms, distal aneurysms, and vertebrobasilar aneurysms.