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ISASS15 Coverage for Friday
April 15-17, 2015 
San Diego, CA, USA 

Correction: In yesterday's ISASS15 daily summary email, the title was incorrect for the Best Overall Paper, The ISASS Leon Wiltse Award. Here is the correct information. Congratulations to the authors and our apologies for the error!

Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Hansen Yuan
Best overall Paper, The ISASS Leon Wiltse Award

#100: Minimally Invasive SI Joint Fusion Using Triangular Implants vs. Non-surgical Management of Chronic SI Joint Dysfunction: Results of a Prospective Multicenter Randomized Trial
Presenting Author: Peter Whang, MD

Today at ISASS15 - Day 3 - Friday, April 17, 2015

The Biomechanics Session, helmed by Lisa Ferrara and Boyle Cheng, showed that, while ISASS is known to be the surgeon’s choice, we’re no slouch when it comes to catering to scientists too. Though the session began early Friday morning, the Hall’s packed! Presentations examined the effects of sagittal imbalance on adjacent segment disease incidence, disc space distraction’s effects on postop motion, thoughts on subsidence, and sagittal imbalance’s effect on muscles (to recover horizontal gaze, muscles shorten, and pain and headaches may result).

ISASS15 Day 3 Image 1

A symposium on ambulatory spine centers kicked off after a brief break with continental breakfast. Presenters focused on economics, the logistics of outpatient treatment, handling anesthesia, and overall challenges facing this movement to lower costs and provide better, easier care for patients. From basic science to the nuts-and-bolts of practice management, ISASS has something for everyone!

ISASS15 Day 3 Image 2

The Cervical Session, led by Gunnar Andersson and Luiz Pimenta, examined the effects of prior cervical surgery on surgical outcomes, as well as how cervical spondylotic myelopathy presents itself and has been treated in the past 10 years, and a large databse study comparing healthcare resource utilization between ACDF and cervical joint arthroplasty. Pierce Nunley continued the discussion of heterotopic ossification from yesterday, this time in the context of two-level endplate coverage. He found a significant gender disparity in HO incidence.

Friday afternoon concluded the ISASS15 Scientific Program with the Lighting Round and a General Session for Clinical and Basic Science. Additionally, attendees were able to optionally attend the Basic and Advanced Endoscopic Spinal Surgery: Indications, Techniques, and Complication Avoidance course chaired by James J. Yue, MD and Anthony Yeung, MD.

Thanks to all that contributed to this year's informative ISASS15 meeting. Watch your inbox next week for ISASS15 CME information.

ISASS15 Advanced Spinal Techniques Lab

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Advanced Spinal Techniques Lab attendees will begin hands-on learning on Saturday, April 18, 2015 beginning at 7 am.

Thank you,


The ISASS15 Conference Schedule, Scientific Program, CME information and Program Committee information are available. ISASS15 offers a comprehensive conference program focused on spine surgeons:

Conference Schedule »

Scientific Program »

Registration & Housing »

Program Committee »

CME Information »

Questions? Please contact Heather Howard
at heather@isass.org for more information.

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