Surgical Training

Attend multiple hands-on courses and evening workshops as well as surgical demonstrations from NASS faculty and industry.

Courses and Workshops

Four CME courses will occur during the day with two non-CME workshops in the evening. These courses and workshops are a great way to gain additional education and hands-on time while at the meeting.


Coding Update 2019: Mastering the Coding Maze
Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
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During this highly interactive course, physician faculty who lead NASS’ CPT, RUC will address ICD-10, E&M coding and CPT4 coding of surgical, medical and radiologic procedures. Attendees will leave this course with the necessary knowledge and critical tips on how to navigate through the authorization and denial process, identify nuances that affect proper billing and cause rejected/delayed claims, utilize Medicare NCCI edits, and properly document to receive reimbursement.

Credits: The North American Spine Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Section on Minimally Invasive Procedures: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery View Agenda

Wednesday, September 25 (7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.)

Faculty will provide a targeted focus on current minimally invasive spine techniques, including posterior, lateral, OLIF, navigation, robotic, and endoscopy techniques. After a short didactic lecture session, attendees will practice guided hands-on cadaver procedures. Space will be limited to maximize hands-on time. Physicians only.

Note: Attendees will be required to watch recorded lectures online prior to the course.

Credits: The North American Spine Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

NASS/Neurospine Endoscopic Spinal Surgery (ESS) Symposium and Cadaver Workshop
Wednesday, September 25 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Faculty will address the recent evolution of endoscopic spinal surgery (ESS), examine novel advances in the field of endoscopic optics and miniaturized surgical tools, and access the potential of replacing the conventional ‘open’ surgery using a microscope. Clinical scenarios will illustrate solutions using spinal endoscopy, including surgical tips and pearls on these emerging percutaneous procedures. The cadaver workshop will follow the didactic lectures.

Co-Sponsored with Korean Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery Society

NASS After Hours: SI-Joint Hands-On Workshop (Non-CME)
Wednesday, September 25 (3:45 - 8:00 p.m.)

The Sacroiliac (SI) Joint procedure fuses the ilac bone (pelvis) to the spine (sacrum) for stabilization of the entire spine.

This procedure may be performed as a MIS procedure or as an open surgical case requiring a larger incision and a longer recovery time. The popularity of this joint fusion has increased rapidly over the past five years as more than more spine companies (presently 18) have developed implants to treat this condition. This two hour didactic session will review the current state of the spinal condition and the various means to treat it.

Upon completion of this session/lab, participants will gain information to:

  • Identify SI joint dysfunction
  • Understand the diagnostic processes and surgical options
  • Trial 2-3 companies that offer Si-Joint Implants to treat this condition

NASS After Hours: Robotics & Navigation Hands-On Workshop (Non-CME)
Thursday, September 26 (3:45 - 8:00 p.m.)

This two-hour program explores the recent evolution in spinal navigation and a detailed review of the present and future applications of robots in spine surgery. This didactic session will cover essential topics, including optimal workflow for the integration of intra-operative images positioning, framework and instrumentation.

Upon completion of this session/lab, participants will gain information to:

  • Understand the role of robots in surgery and what they are capable of
  • Grasp the significance of both technologies in the treatment of basic spine conditions, tumors and deformity cases
  • Trial 1-2 Navigation/Robotic systems during the 3 hour lab

Lumbar Spinal Injections
Friday, September 27 (7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

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Experienced faculty, from NASS Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine (ISMM) Fellowship Program, will address patient selection and technique for lumbar epidural steroid injections, lumbar medial branch blocks, and sacroiliac joint injections. Additionally, attendees will learn about anatomic fluoroscopic structural correlations with various lumbar injection procedures during this didactic and hands-on cadaver training. Residents and fellows are highly encouraged to attend, though all providers are welcome as space allows.

Note: Attendees will receive the didactic lectures prior to the course so focus on-site will be primarily in the lab.

Credits: The North American Spine Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Surgical Innovation Lab Demos

Get your hands on the latest products and try procedures on actual specimens during surgical innovation lab demonstrations from several companies, including DePuy Synthes, Globus Medical, Life Spine, Medacta, Medtronic, Misonix, Orthofix, Relievant, Spineology, and Terumo BCT. Stryker Interventional Spine will hold a surgical innovation lab workshop as well.

Surgical Technique Cadaver Demos

Top surgeons will demonstrate specific techniques using cadavers and take questions from the audience. These surgical technique demonstrations will occur in the general session room on Friday, September 27.

  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery: Michael Y. Wang, MD
  • Minimally Invasive Lateral Interbody Fusion: Juan S. Uribe, MD
  • Cervicothoracic Osteotomy for Cervical Kyphosis: K. Daniel Riew, MD
  • Spinal Deformity Correction: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
  • MIS Tubular Decompression: John C. Liu, MD