The publication of surgical techniques, their indication and contraindication and their postoperative treatment regimen on this on-line home page is for educational reasons only. Medicine is an ever-changing science. As new research and clinical experience broaden our knowledge, changes in surgical treatment and drug therapy are required. In their efforts to provide information that is complete and generally in accord with the standards accepted at the time of publication, the editors and the publisher of this electronic information service have checked with sources believed by the medical professional world to be reliable. Every operative procedure was discussed by the editorial board and if possible peer reviewed by an expert in the field.
The described operative techniques are by no means the only possible ways of treatment, but they are much more a record of the techniques performed by experienced Belgian neurological surgeons at the time of publication. Some mentioned techniques are according to some authors still experimental or are not considered to be the gold standard of treatment at the time of publication. In this case, the readers should be very careful and realize that these procedures should be reserved to subspecialized centers with a vast experience and a dedication to research.
Controversial techniques are also published on these pages, because, one shall probably never agree on the value of some procedure as a result of the different schools in neurological surgery. Therefore, we urge all readers to study the anatomical background of the specific procedure, to study and check the rationale of the procedure, as well as the indications and contraindications, the after treatment and the treatment of complications, in recognized reference textbooks and in the recent medical literature.
However, in view of the possibility of human error or changes in medical sciences, neither the editors nor the publisher nor any other party who has been involved in the preparation or publication of these electronic pages warrants that the information contained herein is in every respect accurate or complete, and they are not responsible for any errors or omissions or for the results obtained from use of such information.
We repeat that readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained herein with other sources. For example and in particular, readers are advised to check the product information sheet included in the package of each drug they plan to administer to be certain that the information contained in this website is accurate and that changes have not been made in the recommended dose or in the contraindications for administration. This recommendation is of particular importance in connection with new or infrequently used drugs. The same recommendation applies to the use of implants. The reader must be extremely careful, as mentioned above, if he wishes to use new surgical techniques that have not yet proved to be the gold standard and to yield long-term good results.