Registration is now open for the ISASS The Role of Arthroplasty and Non-Fusion in 2017: Use it or Lose Patients! Controversy and Cadavers Course being held November 3-4, 2017 in Miami, FL, US.

Course Description

This is is a two-day hands-on course for surgeons. There is an increasing amount of international data, particularly from US FDA prospective randomized studies, that provides consistent support for the role of spine arthroplasty and non-fusion technologies towards improving outcomes and quality of life in well selected patients.

It is important for spine surgeons to be aware of this data, so they can educate their patients, other health care providers, and payors as to the Level I evidence available. Combined with clinical experience from around the world, non-fusion technologies, highlighted by cervical and lumbar arthroplasty, have advanced well beyond the investigational stage and should now be considered a reliable part of the armamentarium of the spine surgeon in the 21st century.

This course will provide basic, intermediate and high level information regarding the evidence base supporting the use of non-fusion technologies for spinal disorders traditionally treated with fusion. Additionally, advanced uses of this technology in difficult clinical situations, complication avoidance, and salvage strategies will be discussed in various clinical scenarios.

The course will also include a cadaver lab component, where multiple technologies will be demonstrated, and participants will be able to handle instruments and perform faculty-guided implantations, to help them decide whether they would be interested in receiving more formal sponsor-supported training.

In order to provide patients with state of the art care, spine surgeons must currently be able to offer alternative treatments including motion preservation technologies. This course is designed to provide its participants with a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence as well as the latest surgical techniques in the field of cervical and lumbar arthroplasty.

CME Credits

Currently earn up to 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for this course.

Course Information

Co-Chairs: Jack Zigler, MD and Rolando Garcia, MD

Location: MARC, Miami, FL

Date: November 3-4, 2017

Course Agenda

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:00 am to 8:00 am
Registration and Badge pickup

7:00 am to 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am to 8:05 am
Welcome – Jack Zigler, MD and Rolando Garcia, MD


8:05 am to 8:25 am
5-10 Year US IDE Outcomes – Jack Zigler, MD

8:25 am to 8:45 am
ActivL 5 Year IDE Data – Rolando Garcia, MD

8:45 am – 9:05 am
OUS Lumbar Experience x Nearly 20 Years – Michael Hisey, MD

9:05 am to 9:25 am
Network Meta-Analysis TDR versus Other Treatments – Jack Zigler, MD

9:25 am to 9:50 am

9:50 am to 10:00 am
Lumbar Hybrids – Scientific Evidence – Jack Zigler, MD

10:00 am to 11:00 am 
Roundtable: Complications: Created, Ignored, and Mishandled
Moderator: Rolando Garcia, MD

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Roundtable: Off-Label Use and Patient Care
Moderator: Michael Hisey, MD

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Paradigm: Minimally Invasive Posterior Motion Preserving Interlaminar Stabilization After Decompression for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Ray Golish, MD


1:00 pm to 1:20 pm
US IDE Data at 5-10 Years – Michael Hisey, MD

1:20 pm to 1:40 pm
Reimbursement: How Cx ADR Won the Battle and Lumbar Didn’t – Jeff Zigler and Kim Norton

1:40 pm to 2:00 pm
Two Level Cx ADR – Michael Hisey, MD

2:00 pm to 2:40 pm
Roundtable: What do we do with 1.5 level Cx Disc Disease? Ignore, fuse, ADR?
Moderator: Domagoj Coric, MD

2:40 pm to 3:00 pm

3:00 pm to to 3:45 pm
Roundtable: Off-Label Use and Patient Care
Moderator: Jack Zigler, MD

3:45 pm to 4:30 pm
Roundtable: Cx ADR Complications and How I Handled Them
Moderator: Michael Hisey, MD

4:30 pm to 4:50 pm
Coflex Interlaminar Stabilization instead of Fusion – Ray Golish, MD

4:50 pm to 5:10 pm
Shifting Care to ASC’s: which patients and which procedures? Who’s Paying? – Rolando Garcia, MD and Jeff Zigler

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8:00 am to 9:00 am

8:45 am to 9:00 am
Transition to Lab

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cadaver Lab Station Rotations
All stations will run all day. Attendees will rotate through stations in pre-arranged groups. Technique slides/surgical videos available on laptops at each station.

Station 1: Aesculap: Lumbar TDR
Faculty: Rolando Garcia, MD and Jack Zigler, MD

Station 2: Globus: Secure-C
Faculty: Domagoj Coric, MD

Station 3: Paradigm: Coflex
Faculty: Ray Golish, MD

Station 4: ZimmerBiomet: Mobi-C Cervical Disc Replacement
Faculty: Michael Hisey, MD

9:00 am to 10:00 am
Lab Rotation 1

10:00 am to 11:00 am
Lab Rotation 2

11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lab Rotation 3

12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm
Zimmer Biomet Break Out – Michael Hisey, MD

1:15 pm to 1:30 pm
Transition to Lab

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Lab Rotation 4

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