The 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery opens tomorrow. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for attendees on opening day. If you have not already done so, bookmark the ISASS17 App for quick reference for the full scientific program and to build your own meeting schedule. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 The ISASS17 Scientific Program begins tomorrow. The first day includes multiple general sessions, oral poster presentations, symposia, industry workshops and the opening reception. General Session: MIS 8:00 am – 10:30 am The first session of the scientific program is General Session: MIS moderated by Ali Araghi, DO, Frank Phillips, MD, Sheeraz Qureshi, MD and Jian Shen, MD. Twenty-six presentations are scheduled. Break […]
On March 24, ISASS sent a letter to the Work Loss Data Institute requesting an update to the outdated Official Disability Guidelines for Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) pain. ISASS takes issue with the current guidelines which support minimally invasive sacroiliac joint (MIS SIJ) fusion for conditions such as SIJ infection, tumor, and spondyloarthropathy, conditions for which high-quality evidence supporting superiority over non-surgical treatment is completely lacking. The guidelines dismiss two high-quality randomized trials in patients with chronic SIJ dysfunction showing superiority of MIS SIJ fusion over non-surgical treatment. ISASS requests revision of the guidelines to better reflect the level of available evidence and to follow standard scientific approaches to evidence interpretation. Click here to view the letter.
On February 20, ISASS submitted comments to Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) regarding its technology review on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain, specifically related to minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion (MIS SIJ fusion) surgery. ISASS expressed concern with several conclusions of the evidence review and asked to provide further input prior to BCBSA’s next review of this topic. Click here to view the letter.