I feel humbled and honoured to take over as "President" of the "Association of Spine Surgeons of India" for 2015-17.
I am aware that these are large shoes to get into as I succeed the most illustrious and gifted "Spine Specialists" of our country.
The "Management of Spine Ailments" has taken a full circle and moved from - non-surgical to conventional open surgery to minimally invasive surgery. The future is based on "Optimal Decision Making" backed by evidence and experience.
Today, we are aware that "Spine Ailments" are probably most unpredictable in their natural history and even more so in response to treatment.
"Truth, Transparency and Trust in Treatment" is the way to go. I would suggest we should be most clear in all our communications to our patients who have put all their faith and their lives in our hands when they consent for surgery. It is most important to discuss all available options....