Tuesday, April 28

7:00 am - 9:00 am

202 Compression and Instability: A History of Spinal Surgery

Fee: $150
Advanced Practice Provider Fee: $150
Candidate and Medical Student Fee: $65

Panelist(s): Cary D. Alberstone, MD; Volker K. H. Sonntag, MD, FAANS(L)

The treatment of spinal cord compression and instability has its roots in some of the earliest medical manuscripts. This session explores and analyzes the origins and evolution of spinal cord compression and instability treatment and the elements in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics that ultimately provided the foundation for stabilizing the spinal column affected by injury or disease.

Learning Objectives: After completing this educational activity, participants should be able to:
  • Discuss the early concept of spine surgery.
  • Discuss the emergence of the laminectomy as a reliable approach.
  • Discuss the history of dorsolateral, lateral and ventral approaches to the spine.
  • Discuss the evolution of spinal instrumentation.
  • Recognize the evolution of neurosurgeons as modern day spine surgeons.