The degenerative lumbar spine, deformities and tumors Advanced Course
Davos, Switzerland
11 Dec 2011 - 15 Dec 2011
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This course is targeted at surgeons with more than five years experience in spinal management and with a special interest to improve their knowledge and skills in treating degenerative diseases in the lumbar spine and in treating deformities and tumors.

Degenerative lumbar spine module
This module addresses controversies in the management of degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine. Participants will take part in an interactive program covering the indications for treatment, evidence-based decision making, the management of complications, and new and emerging technologies in the diagnosis and management of degenerative lumbar disease.
Lumbar degenerative disorders are a common problem and result in considerable costs to healthcare systems around the world, both directly through the provision of care, and indirectly through disability and loss of productivity. In order to maximize outcomes from the management of degeneration, we need to understand the biomechanics, pathogenesis, and natural history of the disease and the limitations of treatment modalities. We must also be astute clinicians and select the most appropriate procedure for each specific patient, be competent technicians, and recognize our limitations in the management of patients.
Interactive discussion will be encouraged and the experience of both faculty and participants will be drawn on to debate topics and expand our knowledge. All presentations will focus on the available evidence and the knowledge and understanding that develops with years of clinical experience. Controversies in assessment and management will be considered through case discussions, lectures, surgical videos, and interactive discussion groups.

Deformities and tumors module
This module comprehensively addresses pediatric and adult spinal deformities, as well as spinal tumors.
The fundamentals of the diagnosis, classification, and treatment of spinal deformities and tumors will be presented. Decision making, operative and non-operative treatments, and outcomes will be based on reviews of the current evidence. Controversial issues will be debated by experts, and participants will interact using the Audience Response System (ARS) and open discussion. A practical exercise will allow for hands-on demonstration of surgical techniques. Case-based sessions will reinforce strategies for diagnosis and management.

The lectures, cases, discussions, and practicals will cover specific competencies and learning outcomes, based on the AOSpine Curriculum and the AOSpine Principles (stability, biology, alignment, and function).

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Preliminary Program Davos Courses 2011 (4375kb)
Describe the pathogenesis and natural history of degenerative disease of the lumbar spine
Select appropriate diagnostic tools and interpret the results
Utilize the current evidence regarding available treatment methods and be able to apply this knowledge appropriately in the management of patients
Recognize signs and symptoms of neoplastic disease of the spine
Discuss relevant diagnostic studies pertaining to spinal tumors and factors impacting survival
Recognize and classify the various types of scoliotic and kyphotic deformities throughout all age groups
Define the concepts of sagittal and coronal plane balance, including current measurement
Christopher Cain  (Chairperson)
Laurence Rhines  (Chairperson)
Germán Ochoa  (Program director)
Carlo Bellabarba  (Educational director)
Ziya Gokaslan  (Program developer)
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ID DAVOS1112_2
Type AOSpine
Level Advanced
Region Europe and Southern Africa
Language(s) English
Scope International
Academic status Non peer reviewed
Content Artificial bone practicals, Case studies, Debates, Lectures
Registration start05 Jul 2011
Closing date11 Dec 2011
Available places7
Cancellation policyUndefined
Swiss Francs 2700.00 CHF
Available discounts Amount %
Bronze members discount -270.00 CHF 10%
Silver members discount -270.00 CHF 10%
Gold members discount -270.00 CHF 10%
Platinum members discount -270.00 CHF 10%
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Payment options and information
Cancellation will be charged as follows:
Until 31 August 2011: 10% of course fee
1 September - 31 October 2011: 50% of course fee
After 31 October 2011: 100% of course fee
Included services
Course bag
Coffee breaks
Course materials
Business center at course venue
Welcome cocktail
Social activities
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Emergency surgery workshop

Emergency Surgery during Disaster Relief Activities
Surgery under Critical Environmental Conditions
Saturday, 10 December 2011 in Davos, Switzerland

This workshop organized by the GRF (Global Risk Forum) Davos and the AO is open to all AO Courses participants and faculty.

Participation fee: 420 CHF. including course material, coffee breaks, lunch, certification

For more details and registration, please click here

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AOSpine International
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Ms Martina Geisselhardt (Faculty Manager)
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