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April 14, 2017

ISASS17: Friday, April 14, 2017; Day 3 Coverage

Today at ISASS17 – Day 3 Friday, April 14, 2017 The last day of ISASS17 began with a 5K race, after which attendees raced to breakfast and the session on Thoracolumbar Degeneration, moderated by former ISASS President Dr. Gunnar Andersson and Dr. Michael Gerling. We explored Oblique Lateral fusions (OLIF), considered several different pain measures, discussed predictors of instability in lumbar spine stenosis, and debated the merits of LLIF versus ALIF. Photo: IASP 5K Fun Run winners! At the “Don’t Believe the Hype” Symposium, presenters gave light-hearted jabs at the cutting edge of technologies. With presentations like “Robotics: Isn’t this like the erector set when we were kids?” and “Biologics: Let’s be honest, have we become lazy and don’t want […]
April 13, 2017

ISASS17: Thursday, April 13, 2017; Day 2 Coverage and Friday Highlights

After breaking fast with the array of fine dishes served to attendees, the first session of ISASS17 Day 2 began. Dr. Ricardo Fontes and Dr. Hanjo Kim moderated the first Adult Spinal Deformity session. Past ISASS President Dr. Luiz Pimenta presented a novel iPhone app that uses the phone’s internal accelerometer to measure sagittal parameters; Jessica Andrés-Bergós suggested that under-correction of sagittal deformities leads to worse QOL outcomes while overcorrection doesn’t seem to; and from Dr. Ram Haddas we were again given a reminder of the importance of psychological factors in surgery. Following a hearty discussion rich with thoughtful questions and answers, Dr. Hee Kit Wong reflected on his year as President of ISASS for 2016-2017, before bringing to the […]
April 12, 2017

ISASS17: Wednesday, April 12, 2017; Day 1 Coverage and Thursday Highlights

ISASS17 started with a bang—the MIS-1 session was packed to standing! We discussed revision rates on MIS decompression, how to handle analgesia following TLIF, and complication rates for LLIF with authors from Rush University in Chicago, US; the University of Toronto, CA; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Santorso, Italy, and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Republic of Korea! The MIS-2 session, moderated by Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi and Dr. Jian Shen, began with perennial favorite Dr. Neel Anand pontificating on outcomes prediction for circumferential MIS treating adult spinal deformity. Other researchers and authors brought their own perspectives from their homes in Korea and Singapore on topics like optimizing cortical bone trajectory and screw fixation. The Spinal Innovation session was packed to the […]
  • ISASS provides the missing link in spine surgery. The society has developed a unique platform for spinal surgeons, innovative scientists, and industry, all having the goal of improving today’s treatment options and patient outcomes. Innovation is needed, but the great ideas meet many obstructions before clinical implementation. Let’s learn from each other at ISASS. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Move on and become an ISASS member.
  • Steven Wolf, MD
    Thank you! It was a great meeting! This meeting was the way NASS used to be in the 1990s.
    Steven Wolf, MD
    Mount Sinai
  • Mark Kurd, MD
    ISASS is the rising star for spine surgeons.
    Mark Kurd, MD
    Rothman Institute
  • Brian Grossman, MD
    Great course [ISASS January 2014 Course and Cadaver Lab]. Picked up some very practical pearls that I’ll be able to implement in my practice right away.
    Brian Grossman, MD
    Southern California Orthopedic Institute
  • Leonard Schultz, MD, Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Attending ISASS as part of the cadaver lab was a great experience, not to mention our brief time with you and some of the participants. We would like to continue to be part of the effort.
    Leonard Schultz, MD, Founder, Chairman and CEO
    Nascent Surgical
  • Óscar L. Alves, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Senior Neurosurgeon
    My impressions were strongly positive. Very high scientific level and lots of opportunities to learn. I appreciated also the international outreach of the society compared with other spine societies. It looks there is a chance for non US surgeons to come forward and share their spine work.
    Óscar L. Alves, MD, Head of Neurosurgery, Senior Neurosurgeon
    Hospital Lusiadas Porto, Centro hospitalar de Gaia
  • Sean Parker, VP Market Development
    Fan of ISASS - progressive thinking group, great opportunity for the Sentio MMG technology. Look forward to being in attendance!
    Sean Parker, VP Market Development
    Sentio, LLC
  • Hansen A. Yuan, MD, Spine Surgeon, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
    The surgeon’s choice!
    Hansen A. Yuan, MD, Spine Surgeon, Professor of Orthopaedic and Neurological Surgery
    State University of New York
  • Tony Castellvi, MD, Spine Surgeon
    This meeting is surgeon-focused, well organized and very informative.
    Tony Castellvi, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Florida Orthopedic Institute
  • Matthew Scott Young, MD, Spine Surgeon
    For spine surgeons ISASS is the GO TO meeting to discover what works, what doesn’t, and what is emerging. A must for spine surgeons.
    Matthew Scott Young, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Gold Coast Spine, Australia
  • Frank M. Phillips, MD, Professo
    ISASS has evolved into one of the premiere spine surgery meetings. The quality of research, presentations and symposia is outstanding. Great to attend a spine surgery focused meeting with an international presence.
    Frank M. Phillips, MD, Professo
    Rush Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Matt Miksic, Sr Reseach Analyst
    The agenda of clinical research presentations at this year’s ISASS annual meeting was as strong as we’ve ever seen.
    Matt Miksic, Sr Reseach Analyst
    Piper Jaffray
  • Scott Blumenthal, MD, Spine Surgeon
    The scientific sessions were robust and comprehensive. If you want to stay informed on emerging technologies in spine surgery, this meeting is a must.
    Scott Blumenthal, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Texas Back Institute
  • Raymond Cloutier, VP of Engineering & Development Spine
    I believe ISASS efforts are being recognized and these efforts will ultimately help promote better spine care for patients.
    Raymond Cloutier, VP of Engineering & Development Spine
    Exactech, Inc.
  • Neel Anand, MD, Spine Surgeon
    The ISASS meeting serves as a platform for assessing and defining the latest technologies around the world. Critically reviewed by a panel of peers, it truly is the society for the advancement of spinal surgery.
    Neel Anand, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • Robert Assell, VP of Research and Development
    I would say the society is well on its way to being the principal voice of the surgical community.
    Robert Assell, VP of Research and Development
    Zyga Technology, Inc.
  • Michael Gordon, MD, Spine Surgeon
    ISASS13: A wow moment for spine surgeons.
    Michael Gordon, MD, Spine Surgeon
    HOI Orthopedics
  • Charlie Branch, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery
    The ISASS Annual Meeting was a fantastic educational and networking experience. The focus on spine surgery and outcomes in an intimate collaborative setting is a great value.
    Charlie Branch, Professor and Chair, Neurosurgery
    Wake Forest Baptist Health System
  • Morgan Lorio, MD, Spine Surgeon, Neuro Spine Solutions
    Most patients go to their ‘spine doc’ for pain alleviation... not neuro deficit, not deformity, not instability. If we fail to steward and oversee the entire field of spine then we will become dinosaurs like some other specialties have become. The issue of untrained practitioners treating without training will grow... this underlines the importance of ISASS for spine surgeons by surgeons.
    Morgan Lorio, MD, Spine Surgeon, Neuro Spine Solutions
    Neuro Spine Solutions
  • Av Edidin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer / Associate Professor
    I was really pleased with the ISASS annual meeting. It was focussed, with good topics and wide geographic representation; very interesting. The society has great momentum.
    Av Edidin, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer / Associate Professor
    Relievant Inc. / Drexel University
  • Michal Hisey, MD, Spine Surgeon
    ISASS is definitely the exception... Your efforts are definitely appreciated. When other docs ask who is a positive voice for surgeons and their patients I always point out ISASS as the best.
    Michal Hisey, MD, Spine Surgeon
    Texas Back Institute