April 30, 2013

Future Orthopedic Training, A Global Report

Increasing quality of life by reducing pain and restriction of movement is the purpose of treating the orthopedic patient. Global obstacles in the path of that goal may vary but collaboration is required in order to maintain the high standard of orthopedic care that patients deserve. This was discussed and presented by a task group at the Beijing Summit of the 2012 Chinese Orthopaedic Association Congress and World Orthopaedic Alliance (COA 2013 Web). Medical knowledge, professionalism and non-technical as well as technical skills must be taught in orthopedic training. Technical skills include both visuospatial and psychomotor abilities as well as a strong working memory. Advanced visualization and simulation tools with metrics on performance are new educational methods which will improve […]
April 19, 2013

State of the International Journal of Spine Surgery 2013

After much thought, the ISASS Board of Directors and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Spine Surgery have elected to self-publish the Journal beginning January 1. This will cut costs and increase our flexibility enough to allow the Journal to do some very special things. Here’s what to expect from the Journal’s relaunch: No more paywalls. Everyone who wants to read an article from the Journal can. No subscriptions, no barriers. A few clicks and the paper is yours, no matter who you are, no matter where you are. Free to publish. Some journals drop paywalls for readers but start charging authors. We won’t and never will. The Journal will be free to read, free to write. A broader reach. For authors, removing paywalls […]
April 10, 2013

ISASS Names Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as New President and Announces Best Papers from ISASS13

Contact: Patti Minglin                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telephone: 630-209-2524 Email: patti@gogirlcommunications.com Aurora IL USA/Apr 10 2013– ISASS-International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has named Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as its new president. Dr. Pimenta has a degree from the Medical School of the University of São Paulo and completed his neurosurgery residency at Paulista Medical School.  He holds a fellowship in spinal endoscopic surgery and is currently the clinical director of the minimally invasive spine surgery department at the Instituto de Patologia de Coluna in Brazil and an associate professor at the University of California San Diego.  Dr. Pimenta has been developing new techniques and technologies to improve the surgical treatment in different spinal pathologies. He is now focused in minimal invasive spine surgery […]
March 18, 2013

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation It is estimated that over 1.4 million people will develop vertebral compression fractures every year (Johnell & Kanis 2006).  Many will be clinically insignificant or heal with non-operative treatment.  A large group will have persistent pain, kypholic deformity, weight loss, depression and a reduced quality of life.  (Old & Calvert 2004; Borgstrom et al. 2006; Suzuki et al. 2008). Open surgical intervention is used when there is severe deformity, instability, or neurologic compromise. Vertebral augmentation such as Vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) are minimally invasive techniques used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures.  There is good evidence that these techniques can provide immediate and lasting pain relief (Berlemann et al. 2004; Grafe et […]