April 14, 2017

ISASS17: Friday, April 14, 2017; Day 3 Coverage

Today at ISASS17 – Day 3 Friday, April 14, 2017 The last day of ISASS17 began with a 5K race, after which attendees raced to breakfast and the session on Thoracolumbar Degeneration, moderated by former ISASS President Dr. Gunnar Andersson and Dr. Michael Gerling. We explored Oblique Lateral fusions (OLIF), considered several different pain measures, discussed predictors of instability in lumbar spine stenosis, and debated the merits of LLIF versus ALIF. Photo: IASP 5K Fun Run winners! At the “Don’t Believe the Hype” Symposium, presenters gave light-hearted jabs at the cutting edge of technologies. With presentations like “Robotics: Isn’t this like the erector set when we were kids?” and “Biologics: Let’s be honest, have we become lazy and don’t want […]
April 13, 2017

ISASS17: Thursday, April 13, 2017; Day 2 Coverage and Friday Highlights

After breaking fast with the array of fine dishes served to attendees, the first session of ISASS17 Day 2 began. Dr. Ricardo Fontes and Dr. Hanjo Kim moderated the first Adult Spinal Deformity session. Past ISASS President Dr. Luiz Pimenta presented a novel iPhone app that uses the phone’s internal accelerometer to measure sagittal parameters; Jessica Andrés-Bergós suggested that under-correction of sagittal deformities leads to worse QOL outcomes while overcorrection doesn’t seem to; and from Dr. Ram Haddas we were again given a reminder of the importance of psychological factors in surgery. Following a hearty discussion rich with thoughtful questions and answers, Dr. Hee Kit Wong reflected on his year as President of ISASS for 2016-2017, before bringing to the […]
April 12, 2017

ISASS17: Wednesday, April 12, 2017; Day 1 Coverage and Thursday Highlights

ISASS17 started with a bang—the MIS-1 session was packed to standing! We discussed revision rates on MIS decompression, how to handle analgesia following TLIF, and complication rates for LLIF with authors from Rush University in Chicago, US; the University of Toronto, CA; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Santorso, Italy, and the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, Republic of Korea! The MIS-2 session, moderated by Dr. Sheeraz Qureshi and Dr. Jian Shen, began with perennial favorite Dr. Neel Anand pontificating on outcomes prediction for circumferential MIS treating adult spinal deformity. Other researchers and authors brought their own perspectives from their homes in Korea and Singapore on topics like optimizing cortical bone trajectory and screw fixation. The Spinal Innovation session was packed to the […]
April 11, 2017

ISASS17 Opens Tomorrow

The 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery opens tomorrow. Here’s a preview of what’s in store for attendees on opening day. If you have not already done so, bookmark the ISASS17 App for quick reference for the full scientific program and to build your own meeting schedule. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 The ISASS17 Scientific Program begins tomorrow. The first day includes multiple general sessions, oral poster presentations, symposia, industry workshops and the opening reception. General Session: MIS 8:00 am – 10:30 am The first session of the scientific program is General Session: MIS moderated by Ali Araghi, DO, Frank Phillips, MD, Sheeraz Qureshi, MD and Jian Shen, MD. Twenty-six presentations are scheduled. Break […]