Sunday, April 14
7:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: 33BC; SDCC
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65
Director(s): Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS
Assistant Director(s): Adam S. Kanter, MD, FAANS
Faculty: Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS; Paul Park, MD, FAANS; Khoi Duc Than, MD, FAANS ; Michael S. Virk, MD, PhD; Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS
Case-based Topics: Controversies and surgical indications for low back pain: What are the guidelines? What role does MIS play? Anterior column reconstruction (ACR): Will it replace PSO? What prohibits its widespread adoption? Bone density and the elderly: Can MIS surgery prevent PJK? Lateral lumbar interbody fusion: Is it just the latest 'flat back' producing procedure? When does minimally invasive spine surgery become minimally effective? The cost of MIS spine surgery: Is less actually more? Computer assisted navigation: Does it really prevent hardware misplacement, or are we just fixing them before leaving the OR? MIS deformity correction utilizing percutaneous screws (cMIS): what are the limitations; how deformed is too deformed for MIS? Interspinous spacers: Do they play a meaningful role in modern day spine surgery? The latest in MIS innovation: Where do we go from here?
Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Differentiate between patients suitable for MIS surgery and those not suitable for such techniques.
- Compare and contrast various alternative techniques to traditional surgical practices, and identify the advantages as well as the shortcomings, risks and sometimes unique complications of each.
- Develop an algorithm for what and when MIS techniques can be employed, how to employ them, why to employ them and, rarely, when to abandon them.