Sunday, April 26

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

041 Case-based Controversies in MIS Surgery

Fee: $450
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Director(s): Praveen V. Mummaneni, MD, FAANS

Assistant Director(s): Kai-Ming Fu, MD, PhD, FAANS

Faculty: Adam S. Kanter, MD, FAANS; Paul Park, MD, FAANS; Michael S. Virk, MD, PhD; Michael Y. Wang, MD, FAANS

Take a dive into the latest controversies in MIS spine surgery with a case-based approach. 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.

Topics include: controversies and surgical indications for low back pain, the role MIS plays, anterior column reconstruction, factors prohibiting widespread adoption, bone density and the elderly, lateral lumbar interbody fusion, the effectiveness of MIS, the cost, computer-assisted navigation, MIS deformity correction utilizing percutaneous screws (cMIS), the possible role of interspinous spacers and the latest in MIS innovation.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Differentiate between patients suitable for MIS surgery and those not suitable.
  • 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.