Surgery of the Autonomic Nervous System

Surgery of the Autonomic Nervous System

Jonathan A. Hyam, Erlick A. C. Pereira, and Alexander L. Green

Print publication date: Apr 2016

ISBN: 9780199686407

Publisher: Oxford University Press


This book reviews the basic science underpinning the autonomic control of various body systems, as well as the state-of-the-art clinical applications by which these systems are surgically modulated in patients today. Clinical chapters include details of the procedure, operative considerations, outcomes, adverse-effect profile, post-operative management of such patients, and reflections on personal experience. A diverse range of ‘autonomic’ conditions are covered, including headache disorders, hypertension, complex regional pain syndrome, bladder incontinence, gastrointestinal disorders, and epilepsy. A range of techniques are described, including renal sympathetic nerve ablation, deep-brain stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, sacral nerve stimulation, peripheral tibial nerve stimulation, endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy, gut electrical stimulation, vagal nerve stimulation, and carotid baroreceptor stimulation. Many of these techniques are evolving, making surgery of the autonomic nervous system a rapidly expanding field.

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