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Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures & Explanations Hardcover – January 1, 2008

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New Book Explains Bloodless Spine Surgery to the General Public BUSINESS WIRE RELEASE March 25, 2008 Poughkeepsie, New York: NEW BOOK RELEASE: Publisher DeeDee, LLC, announces the publication of Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj s Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures and Explanations an 118 page book with 180 illustrations. The Specialist Series was developed to bring specialty information written by specialists in language and pictures for the general public. Section I starts with common spinal conditions which include herniated nucleus pulposus (aka slipped disc), degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis are beautifully illustrated and the conditions fully explained describing the problem, the expected symptoms, conservative treatments, and surgical treatments in language written for the general public. Emphasis is placed upon prevention. Section II covers medical evaluations necessary for a patient undergoing safe spinal surgery. Section III takes you into spinal surgery, showing you the various monitoring devices, anesthetic techniques, operative instruments and tables, surgical instruments and surgical techniques in use. Section IV presents case reports of patients displayed undergoing various spinal procedures. Section V covers a comprehensive dictionary of bloodless terminology with extensive use of digital images, illustrations and key references. Michael Yanko, CEO of Horizen® Global, and marathon runner explained that I can truly understand the parts of the neck and back, the potential problems, and strategies to prevent these problems. Dr. R.H.G.P. van Evre of The Society for Advancement of Blood Management opined This book is especially written for patients. It is a new way of bringing information to patients. Every page is filled with simple explanations of the materials and techniques used accompanied with digital images of almost all discussed components. Dr. Surinder Jindal in the HVAPI Journal stated While this book is written for patients, it becomes readily apparent that an interested physician may gain a world class appreciation of the current status of products, techniques, and words used in this emerging field of medicine. Dr. John Chiu, founding Chairman of the American Academy of Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery noted, This book is the next step, a brilliant endeavor, and cutting edge. This book is important for the general population to understand spinal problems, prevention and conservative care, surgical care with employment of bloodless techniques while special emphasis was placed on Jehovah s Witnesses. Bloodless Spine Surgery: Pictures and Explanations ISBN: 978-0-9745374-0-5 --Business Wire

Making sense of surgery Couple become publishers to ease understanding By Craig Wolf Poughkeepsie Journal Thursday, November 29, 2007 There are doctors with good bedside manners. But here are a couple who bring a book, too - their own. Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj, surgeon, is the author of "Bloodless Spine Surgery." His wife, Dr. Marcia Griffin-Hansraj, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, is the president of a new publishing company, Dee Dee LLC, formed to put out books of this genre. "If you decide to go for surgery, this is how you prepare," Hansraj said. Essentially, Hansraj has provided patients with a clear, readable preview of why they need surgery, just what's going to happen during it and who the players are in the operating room. Hansraj and Griffin-Hansraj own New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine, in the Town of Poughkeepsie adjacent to Saint Francis Hospital, where surgeries are performed. The first book is about Hansraj's own specialty, spine surgery, and was printed recently and efforts are now being made to distribute it. There's a special focus on Hansraj's preferred technique, which involves minimizing blood loss and averting transfusions. This is sought by people of certain religions, including Jehovah's Witnesses, and increasingly by others who just don't like the idea of losing blood or using someone else's. Future titles are being considered for "The Specialist Series" on other medical topics written by doctors who specialize in them. Griffin-Hansraj said the basic approach is to publish books that explain typical procedures in simple language, photos and graphics aimed for the ordinary person, not the medical professionals. One technique is to have some of those ordinary readers, including teenagers, preview the books. "We wanted to cover the spectrum … to make it readable for lay people," she said. Lowell Woodcock, 48, of Hopewell Junction, has been on the surgery table at Saint Francis Hospital as Hansraj's patient after several other surgeries for back injuries. He attributes the injuries to unloading heavy packages from trucks at his former job. He's now disabled. Positive reviews Two weeks before his procedure was done, he read Hansraj's book. "It not only answers a lot of questions for the patient, but I think along with the actual pictures and descriptive thoroughness, you could easily identify," said Woodcock, "even if you were not one that was familiar with a medical background." Ed Smith Jr. of New Paltz, who was injured years ago as a longshoreman when he slipped on a boat, is another patient of Hansraj who has read the book. "The book was right to the point," Smith said. "It's sort of like a navigable map for surgery. It's basically an outline of what's going to transpire during your two, three or several hours of surgery. It's just explaining, in layman's terms, the entire procedure." Hansraj said there is plenty of medical literature for professionals but a dearth of good books for patients. He and his wife developed the idea of a layman's series and sought a publisher several years ago. They finally decided to start their own company and do it themselves. The actual printing is done by a Singapore firm. The book covers common spinal conditions, evaluations for surgery, various aspects of the surgical process and equipment that's used, several patient case reports and a glossary. Reach Craig Wolf at or 845-437-4815. --Craig Wolf at

At the last meeting of the American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine & Surgery, Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj presented a novel book Bloodless Spine Surgery . 118 pages long, this book presented in a big book format takes you from basic concepts of bloodless surgery and into the operating room. The concepts are clearly shown and explained. This book was received with enthusiasm by our academy. This is the next step, a brilliant endeavor, genius and cutting edge were some of the comments made. The book shows the very latest in technology. Minimally invasive access tubes for decompression, operating endoscopes, vertebral balloons and a fully digital operating room are shown. I myself noted, however, the relevance of fusion in the career of Dr. Hansraj. This book with all of its pictures, images and words represent the fusion of the medical and the non-medical. Both worlds will benefit from the concepts displayed. The author fellowship trained in minimally invasive spinal surgery at the California Center For Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery and traditional open spinal surgery at The Hospital For Special Surgery in New York. In his career Hansraj shows fusion of the minimally invasive world with open, fusion based spinal surgery. Dr. Kenneth Hansraj is well known among us to innovate and be proliferative. His book Bloodless Spine Surgery is a worthy and useful contribution to the literature. Prof. John C. Chiu, M.D., D.Sc. Director, Neurospine Surgery Department California Spine Institute Medical Center, Inc Founding chairman AAMISMS Chairman, Non-fusion Spine Care Research Foundation Phone: 805-375-7900 Fax: 805-499-4137 --John C. Chiu, M.D.

About the Author

Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon Dr. Kenneth K. Hansraj is the Director of New York Spinal Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine in Poughkeepsie, New York. His advanced training includes: 1. Fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery at The California Center for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery in Thousand Oaks, California 2. Fellowship training in Spinal and Scoliosis Surgery at The Hospital For Special Surgery in New York, New York. 3. Fellowship training in Orthopedic Biomechanics at The Hospital For Special Surgery, New York, New York The Author is board certified by: 1. The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery 2. The American Board of Minimally Invasive Spinal Medicine and Surgery 3. The National Board of Medical Examiners Dr. Kenneth Hansraj has written extensively in his field and has lectured numerous times nationally and internationally.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
  • Hardcover : 118 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0974537403
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0974537405
  • Publisher : DeeDeeLLC; 1st Edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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