The Psychology of Spine Surgery

Pages: 288
Item #: 4317008
ISBN: 978-1-55798-997-0
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Copyright: 2003
Format: Hardcover
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The Psychology of Spine Surgery is the first book to assemble comprehensive, leading-edge information about the psychosocial and physiological influences affecting spinal surgery—from evaluation to preparation and post-operative rehabilitation. These expert authors translate results from the field's leading researchers into directly applicable protocols to create assessment and treatment frameworks for use with patients suffering chronic, intractable back pain. Drawing on cognitive–behavioral techniques specifically designed for surgical candidates, this volume offers guidance that will be invaluable to psychologists, orthopedists, neurosurgeons, physicians and nurses specializing in pain management, as well as students of medicine and health psychology.

Table of Contents



Spine Surgery: The Elusive Nature of Pain Relief

I. Spine Injuries

  1. The Human Spine: Basic Anatomy and Surgical Procedures

II. Psychological Screening of Spine Surgery Candidates

  1. Presurgical Psychological Screening: Rationale and Process
  2. Medical Risk Factors: The Chart Review
  3. Behavioral and Historical Influences: The Psychological Examination
  4. Personality and Emotional Issues: Use of Psychometric Testing
  5. The Mind–Body Interface: Establishing Surgical Prognosis

III. Preparing the Patient for Spine Surgery

  1. The Psychoneuroimmunology of Spine Surgery
  2. Conceptual Models of Surgery Preparation
  3. Preparing for Spine Surgery: Cognitive–Behavioral Interventions
  4. Preparing for Spine Surgery: Psychosocial Interventions

IV. Biopsychosocial Aspects of Postsurgical Rehabilitation

  1. Postsurgical Deconditioning and Reconditioning
  2. Psychological Aspects of Postsurgical Rehabilitation: The Functional Restoration Approach



Additional Resources

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Authors

Author Bio

Andrew R. Block received his Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in neurobehavioral sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He is the founder and director of The WellBeing Group, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of patients with spinal pain. He has served as Director of Psychological Services for the Indiana Center for Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Texas Back Institute. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue University. Dr. Block has written numerous books and peer-reviewed articles. He is the author of Presurgical Psychological Screening in Chronic Pain Syndromes, and the editor-in-chief of Handbook of Pain Syndromes. He is also currently Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Southwestern Medical Center, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Texas-Dallas. He also serves on the Conservative Care Committee of the North American Spine Society.

Robert J. Gatchel received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His initial interest in the area of spinal pain disorders began with the development of a close collaboration between his Institution (The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas) and the Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE). At PRIDE, he helped develop a successful functional restoration treatment program for dealing with back pain disability problems. He received the Volvo Award on Low Back Pain Research in 1986. He is currently the Director of the Research Council for the North American Spine Society (NASS) and was the first psychologist to be awarded NASS' Henry Farfan award for outstanding contribution to the field of spine care. He has authored and edited a number of academic and clinical texts, including: Psychosocial Factors in Pain (with Dennis Turk), and Personality Characteristics of Patients with Pain (with James Weisberg). He has served as Program Director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he is also the Elizabeth H. Penn Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Counseling.

William W. Deardorff, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington State University, did an internship at the University of Washington Medical School, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Deardorff is a Fellow of the ® in two divisions, Founding President of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology, and assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Deardorff has many peer-reviewed research publications and is the co-author of six previous books including Back Pain Remedies for Dummies, Preparing for Surgery, and Win the Battle Against Back Pain. Preparing for Surgery was winner of the Small Press Book Award in Health in 1998. Dr. Deardorff is in a multidisciplinary practice in Beverly Hills specializing in the treatment of spinal conditions.

Richard Guyer, MD, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon. He received his MD and completed his orthopedic residency at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He then completed two Spine Fellowships, under the supervision of Henry Bohlman, MD and Leon Wiltse, MD. He practices at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Texas Back Institute Research Foundation. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. An editorial board member of several professional journals, Dr. Guyer is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, and an editor of two books, Lumbar Disc Disease and Rehabilitation of the Spine. In 1996 he received the Volvo Award for Basic Research in Low Back Pain.