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ISASS14 Coverage for

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Today at ISASS

ISASS14 roared into action again Thursday morning with a session on maintaining motion with Lumbar TDR. Each presenter came with their own unique viewpoint, each was speaking on a different device and each came from a different country. Brazil, Belgium, Italy, France, and China were represented.

Dr. Luiz Pimenta began the Presidential Address with a fine summary of ISASS's history and purpose, and handed the podium over to the Presidential Guest Speaker, Robin Young of Orthopedics This Week. Robin gave a concise but comprehensive summary of innovations taking place in the field of spine, an evergreen topic at ISASS, whose focus on the cutting edge has distinguished it from the start.

Dr. Luiz Pimenta

More clever ideas and innovation were on display at the Navigation session. A broad spectrum of approaches toward imaging and navigation were on display. Several were focused on minimizing the (frankly alarming) amount of radiation surgeons are exposed to with fluoroscopy, with some presentations focused on techniques for a given surgery and some focused on improving imagery across different procedures.

The Symposium on SI Joint fusion took the form of a mock debate with Q&A at the end. Both con and pro sides were informative and useful about this important topic, but particularly striking about this session was the fellowship on display; not in the medical education sense, but in the human sense. The audience and presenters traded jokes, tips and advice like old friends (which they were, in some cases).

The Lumbar Motion Preservation Technology offered solutions for dynamic stabilization across many of the phases of development of technology. Some only had initial results from the very newest ideas on the cutting edge; others showed off the maturity of devices on the market and established them as genuinely tried-and-true with years and years of follow-up.

Dr. Gunnar AnderssonDr. Luiz Pimenta reached the end of his term and handed the ISASS Presidency to Incoming President Gunnar Andersson. Dr. Andersson congratulated Dr. Pimenta on an excellent year; Dr. Pimenta jokingly agreed that it couldn't have been better. We look forward to a year under Dr. Andersson's Presidency!

What's New in Trauma, Tumors, and Infections began with a pair of presentations focused on predicting and treating abscesses. Surgical site infections can be absolutely devastating; Dr. Isadore Lieberman sought to find exactly how effective directly applying vancomycin powder to the wound is in preventing those complications. Some real-time video from Dr. Hur showed exactly how to treat a Hangman's fracture, to the delight of the many students of technique in the audience. This panel wound up being the most diverse yet: Brazil, Venezuela, Turkey, US, Korea, Italy, and Germany all hit the stage.

After two days of conference, not a single session has gone by without a healthy discussion between panelist and audience in the Q&A. No crickets after your presentation here!

It's important to cool down after a good mental workout, and Cross Talks are ISASS's way to wrap up another great day of sessions. Juan Uribe, MD and Michael Wang, MD led sessions on sagittal balance and cervical DDD in an informal peer-discussion setting.

Speaking of warm-ups, don't forget to do your stretches tomorrow morning! We get cracking bright and early, as surgeons always must. See you then!

Tomorrow at ISASS14

Friday, May 2, 2014

The ISASS14 Scientific Program concludes tomorrow. The third day includes multiple general sessions, symposia, cadaver lab lecture and the closing of ISASS14 by incoming ISASS President Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD.

General Session: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
8:00 am - 9:00 am

The first session of Friday's scientific program is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery moderated by Choll Kim, MD, PhD and Cristiano Menezes, MD. Eleven presentations are scheduled.

Symposium: Common Problems in the Management of Lumbar Degenerative Deformity
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Friday morning continues with a symposium on Common Problems in the Management of Lumbar Degenerative Deformity moderated by Steven Glassman, MD. Three presentations and a Q&A session are scheduled.

Break on Exhibit Floor
10:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session: Biomechanics
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

After the morning break, the conference will continue with a general session on Biomechanics moderated by Lisa Ferrara, PhD and Brandon Santoni, PhD. Fifteen presentations are scheduled.

General Session: Lightning Round: Spine Potpourri
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The second lighting round on Spine Potpourri will be moderated by Karin Buettner-Janz, MD, PhD. Thirteen presentations are scheduled.

Lunch Break
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

General Session: New Technology in Spine Surgery
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The afternoon begins with a general session on New Technology in Spine Surgery moderated by Hansen Yuan, MD and Huilin Yang, MD. Twelve presentations are scheduled.

General Session: MIS Complications
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

The afternoon continues with a general session on MIS Complications moderated by Ali Araghi, MD. Nine presentations are scheduled.

General Session: Biologics
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The last general session of the conference will be on Biologics and moderated by Donna Ohnmeiss, DrMed. Ten presentations are scheduled.

Cadaver Lab Lecture (Lab on Saturday)
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The mandatory Cadaver Lab Lecture will be held Friday afternoon for registered cadaver lab attendees.

Closing of ISASS14
5:00 pm - 5:05 pm

Closing remarks by incoming ISASS President Gunnar B.J. Andersson, MD, PhD.

Thank you,


More Information:

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