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 […]
April 1, 2017

Vertebral Columns – Spring 2017

Read the Spring 2017 issue of Vertebral Columns. In this issue: technology adoption, Centers of Excellence, and what’s new with Cellular Bone Allografts.
March 25, 2017

ISASS Sends Letter Requesting Update of Official Disability Guidelines

On March 24, ISASS sent a letter to the Work Loss Data Institute requesting an update to the outdated Official Disability Guidelines for Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) pain. ISASS takes issue with the current guidelines which support minimally invasive sacroiliac joint (MIS SIJ) fusion for conditions such as SIJ infection, tumor, and spondyloarthropathy, conditions for which high-quality evidence supporting superiority over non-surgical treatment is completely lacking. The guidelines dismiss two high-quality randomized trials in patients with chronic SIJ dysfunction showing superiority of MIS SIJ fusion over non-surgical treatment. ISASS requests revision of the guidelines to better reflect the level of available evidence and to follow standard scientific approaches to evidence interpretation. Click here to view the letter.