For attendees who want to get a head start on the Annual Meeting, this year’s pre-meeting course will focus on adult spinal deformity, providing in-depth coverage of all levels of the spinal column. Led by chairs Jason W. Savage, MD, and Michael P. Steinmetz, MD, the full-day course, Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity: Skull to Sacrum, will be held on Tuesday, October 24, beginning with a continental breakfast at 7:30 am.
“This course will offer a comprehensive review of adult cervical and thoracolumbar spinal deformity and will include didactic lectures that focus on alignment objectives and treatment algorithms for this complex patient population,” Dr. Savage said. “The course will also include a hands-on cadaver experience that will focus on performing various types of osteotomies.”
Among the scheduled lecture topics are:
- evaluation and etiologies of cervical spine deformity, including preoperative planning and alignment objectives;
- surgical approaches to the upper cervical spine, including indications and techniques of occipital and atlantoaxial fusion;
- anterior and posterior approaches to subaxial cervical deformity, including the role of circumferential fusion;
- pathologies of the cervicothoracic junction and management of cervicothoracic kyphosis;
- thoracolumbar deformity, including radiographic parameters in adult spinal deformity, preoperative planning and alignment objectives;
- osteotomies for posterior-based correction of deformity;
- the role of interbody fusion (ALIF, TLIF, DLIF) in degenerative scoliosis; and
- the etiology and prevention and management of proximal junctional kyphosis.
The course will also include morning and afternoon hands-on skills lab sessions and a lunchtime case presentations session.
“We are incredibly lucky to have an outstanding faculty for this course, which includes world-renowned experts in cervical and thoracolumbar deformity surgery from leading academic institutions, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Harvard University and the University of California San Francisco,” Dr. Savage said. “The people who attend this course will learn the basics of treating adult spinal deformity and walk away with valuable tips and tricks to use when performing these complex operations.”
The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. An additional fee is required for this full-day hands-on course. For more information and to register, please visit www.nassannualmeeting.org.