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ISASS14 Coverage for

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today at ISASS

ISASS14 kicked off in grand style at the Loews Miami Beach Wednesday with a jam-packed session on treating deformity. Inter-center variability in outcomes, XLIF treatments, 3 column osteotomies, and correcting adult scoliosis with Circumferential MIS came up for discussion, along with a Q&A focusing on reducing that inter-center variabilty in outcomes and lowering complication rates. The rapid-fire presentations, clocking in at 5-8 minutes each, made for learning at a breakneck pace!

After a coffee break in the Loews' incredible exhibition hall and meeting with the vast array of exhibitors, attendees excitedly returned to the general session for a session on lumbar degeneration. XLIF discussion found a home here as well as remarks on OLIF, the consequences of subsidence of interbody cages, and using those same cages as a way of providing indirect decompression.

Another brief break allowed attendees to find old friends and meet again, and it was right back to work for a Biomechanics session to provide a different point of view for clinicians. The load capacity of cortical and pedicle screws came under scrutiny, and the international flavor of ISASS really showed here with representatives from Turkey, Japan, and China complementing the Brazilian presentation in the last session.

That theme continued at the symposium, where the audience got an idea of what the regulatory and clinical climate of North America looked like next to those of South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

Dr. Dom Coric deftly moderated a session on cervical TDR where we find again that TDR provides similar or better outcomes compared to fusion, we considered the question of to what extent multi-level treatments differ from single-level, and found a few ways that might help avoid heterotopic ossification as a sequelae of treatment.

The next session, Degenerative Lumbar II, fostered discussion borne from the use of databases and registries as forward-thinking surgeons used these tools to tease out new information from the big picture. Two counterintuitive observations also came from this session: it seems that smoking status and BMI have little impact on outcomes, and a partial laminectomy coupled with posterior lumbar interbody fusion tends to produce better results than complete laminectomy coupled with same.

By this time, attendees were getting a bit thirsty. Thankfully, we could grab a quick drink from the bar on the way to the oral posters across an enormous variety of topics: Biologics, Cervical, Lumbar, MIS, Scoliosis, and Cutting Edge. Pick your poison, then pick your healing!

We wound down the evening with a reception in the exhibit hall. Lesser professionals would call it a conference at this point, but spine surgeons? We'll be back at it bright and early tomorrow.

Tomorrow at ISASS14

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The ISASS14 Scientific Program continues tomorrow. The second day includes the Presidential Address by Luiz Pimenta MD, PhD, Presidential Guest Speaker Robin R. Young, the Awards Ceremony and Transfer of Presidency, multiple general sessions, Cross Talks sessions, symposia and industry workshops.

General Session: Maintaining Motion with Lumbar TDR
8:00 am - 8:30 am

The first session of Thursday's scientific program is Maintaining Motion with Lumbar TDR moderated by Rudolf Bertagnoli, MD and Jim Yue, MD. Five presentations are scheduled.

Presidential Address and Guest Speaker
8:30 am - 10:10 am

Break on Exhibit Floor
10:10 am - 10:40 am

General Session: Navigation: Applications Spanning from C1 to the Sacrum
10:40 pm - 12:00 pm

The morning scientific program continues with a general session on Navigation: Applications Spanning from C1 to the Sacrum moderated by Wei Tian, MD. Twelve presentations are scheduled.

Industry Workshops (not CME)
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Five industry workshops will be held on Thursday.

Organization Day Room
Medtronic USA Thu Periwinkle
Paradigm Spine Thu Crown Conch
LDR Spine Thu Triton
Globus Medical Thu Neptune
4Web Thu Sundial

Symposium: SI Joint Fusion
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The second symposium of the conference is "Symposium: SI Joint Fusion" moderated by Rolando Garcia, MD. Three presentations, two case presentation and a Q&A session are scheduled.

General Session: Lumbar Motion Preservation Technology
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The afternoon continues with a general session on Lumbar Motion Preservation Technology moderated by Manuel Da Silva, MD and Rolando Garcia, MD. Six presentations are scheduled.

Awards Ceremony/Transfer of Presidency
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Break on Exhibit Floor
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

General Session: What's New in Tumor, Trauma, and Infections
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Next up in the scientific program is a general session on What's New in Tumor, Trauma, and Infections moderated by Guillermo Bajares, MD. Fourteen presentations are scheduled.

Thursday afternoon concludes with Cross Talks:

Cross Talks - Room 1 - Topic: Sagittal Balance, Case Study
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Moderated by Juan Uribe, MD.

Cross Talks - Room 2 - Multi Level Cervical Degitive Disc Des
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Moderated by Michael Wang, MD.

Thank you,


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