Sunday, April 14

7:30 am - 11:30 am


033 Controversies, Complications, Indications and Advances in MIS Spine Surgery

Physician Fee: $450
Neurosurgical Team Member 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

Take a dive into the latest controversies in MIS Spine Surgery, utilizing a case-based approach to discuss and debate topics ranging from the effectiveness and cost of MIS techniques to the risks and complications associated with their shortcomings. From degenerative to deformity, biologics to navigation and the latest in MIS innovation, no topic is off limits. Participants should be prepared to be engaged throughout an intensive and stirring set of topics and deliberations.

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.