CANCELLED AO Spine Advanced Level Specimen Course—Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Navigation
Nottingham, United Kingdom
17 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020
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It is recognized that traditional “open” spinal surgery carries risk for injury to back muscles, is associated with greater blood loss, long hospital stays, analgesia usage and prolonged recovery times. Minimally invasive spinal (MIS) surgery techniques and navigation for spinal surgery are rapidly evolving and have shown to reduce the risks of open approaches.

We recognize that these techniques are challenging and with these considerations in mind, this course led by expert faculty, provides a forum for exposure to the latest cutting edge techniques used in MIS spinal surgery and navigation. The format for the course will follow small group case discussions, hands on surgery in a bioskills lab with human cadavers, interactive debates as well didactic lectures.
Learning objectives
Identify the anatomy and radiology of spinal and paraspinal structures
Determine which types of pathology are amenable to minimally invasive spinal surgery
Describe the state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery used in these approaches
Identify the principles of spinal navigation and its use for minimally invasive spinal procedures
Recognize the pros and cons of MIS approaches and their indications for selection of patients for MIS surgery
Outline the signature steps in the PLIF, TLIF procedures and safe access to the lumbar spine through transpsoas and antero-lateral approaches
Marcel Ivanov  (Chairperson)
Nasir Quraishi  (Chairperson)
Giuseppe Barbagallo  (Educational Advisor)
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Type AOSpine
Level Advanced
Region Europe and Southern Africa
Language(s) English
Scope Regional
Academic status Non peer reviewed
Format Course
Content Cadaver practicals, Case studies, Debates, Lectures
Target audience Neurosurgeon, Orthopedic surgeon, Spine surgeon
Closing date17 Sep 2020
Available places16
Cancellation policy50% until 30 days before the event. No refund thereafter
Euro 1390.00 EUR
Available discounts Amount %
Member discount -139.00 EUR 10%
Member plus discount -139.00 EUR 10%
Bronze members discount -139.00 EUR 10%
Silver members discount -139.00 EUR 10%
Gold members discount -139.00 EUR 10%
Platinum members discount -139.00 EUR 10%
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Please note that the AO aims to minimize disruption to planned courses and educational events. However, in the current climate, the AO cannot exclude the possibility that scheduled courses or events will be postponed, cancelled, or otherwise disrupted. The AO endeavors to give due notice of these decisions but encourages you to ensure the tickets and accommodation you book are refundable. In the event of a cancellation the participation fee will be refunded in full.
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Course materials
Course dinner
Ms Karin Wandschura (Project Manager)
AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa
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University of Nottingham
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United Kingdom

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