AO Spine Principles Hybrid Course—Cervical Trauma
Ljubljana, Slovenia
10 Jun 2021 - 11 Jun 2021
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The Course will be focused on the basics of cervical spine trauma, from clinical examination and diagnostic procedures to critical evaluation of spinal stability and injury classification, followed by indications for conservative and operative treatment options. Lectures addressing specific spinal pathologies will be followed by discussion and surgical treatment of clinical cases in small groups in the hands-on training. 

This interactive model will allow a comprehensive approach to real-life situations. Surgical techniques for spinal decompression, realignment, and fixation in the upper and lower cervical spine, including anterior and posterior approaches, will be discussed and later explored in the hands-on training.  Specific focus will be on spinal cord injury treatment and complication avoidance and management.

The event will comprise of evidence-based lectures, expert debates, case-based small group discussion and practical sessions on dry-bones

During the first part the theoretical information will be provided online by highly experienced  faculty. The online lectures will be followed by online breakout sessions.

On the second day, the trainees will have hands-on practical exercises in small groups each delivered in parallel in four  hosting hospitals in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Ljubljana.


Course schedule

Thursday, June 10th: 13:00–18:15 Lectures, case studies online

Friday, June 11th: 8:45–12:45 Praticals excercices on dry-bones run in local hosting hospital

Event venue in Ljubljana

Medical Chamber of Slovenia
Dunajska cesta 162
Room: Julijana

Praticals in Poland: Q Hotel Grand Cru Gdańskm ul. Rycerska 11-12, 80-882 Gdańsk

Practicals in Hungary: National Center for Spine Disorder, Királyhágó u. 1-3, Budapest

Practicals in Slovakia: F. D. Roosevelt University Hospital, Nám. L. Svobodu 1, Banská Bystrica  


Learning objectives
Perform an examination of a patient with cervical trauma
Determine the appropriate imaging modality
Classify the upper and subaxial cervical spine lesions according to the AOS principles
Choose the best operative and nonoperative treatment option for each patient
Demonstrate basic skills in different surgical techniques related to the treatment of spinal trauma
Identify and manage possible incidents and complications
Identify and treat spinal cord injury
Matjaz Vorsic MD  (Chairperson)
Marko Jug  (Co-Chairperson)
Patrick Tropiano  (Educational Advisor)
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Type AOSpine
Level Principles
Region Europe and Southern Africa
Language(s) English
Scope Regional
Academic status Non peer reviewed
Closing date10 Jun 2021
Available places3
Cancellation policy50% until 30 days before the event. No refund thereafter
Euro 450.00 EUR
Available discounts Amount %
Member discount -45.00 EUR 10%
Member plus discount -45.00 EUR 10%
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Payment options and information
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Coffee breaks
Ms Catherine Antonetti
AO Spine ESA
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Stettbachstrasse 6
8600 Dübendorf
Ms Jaroslava Horáková
AO Courses Central Eastern Europe countries
Czech Republic
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Commercial partners
DePuy Synthes; Siemens Healthineers