Advanced Endoscopic Solutions for Lumbar Disc Herniation and Endoscopic Techniques

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Starts: 1:30PM Tue May 14, 2019 Ends: 6:30PM Tue May 14, 2019

This advanced, half-day (afternoon) intensive program demonstrates the recent evolution of endoscopic spinal surgery (ESS) as well as its current stance as a feasible treatment alternative for various lumbar spine pathologies.

Reflecting the higher demands from the patients for a smaller incision, minimized manipulation to normal structures, as well as consequent faster recovery, these endoscopic procedures have been well acclaimed from various minimally invasive spinal surgery (MISS) related societies around the globe recently. Novel advances in the field of endoscopic optics and miniaturized but reinforced surgical tools would be thoroughly scrutinized and compared to assess their future capabilities to replace the conventional ‘open’ surgeries under microscopic view.

Discussions take place on cases that illustrate common clinical problems that average spine practitioners routinely face, their feasible solutions using spinal endoscopy including surgical “tips and pearls” on these emerging percutaneous procedures, with debates from opposing viewpoints that favor standard operations given on that treatment considerations.

Corporate sponsors::


Jun-ho Lee, MD

Dong Hwa Heo, MD

Jin-Sung Kim, MD

Ralf Wagner, MD

Michael Wang, MD

What you will learn:

  • Perform the basic skills for the endoscopic approaches (transforaminal & interlaminar) and should be capable of selecting proper modality based upon preoperative anatomical and imaging considerations Describe contraindications to the performance of the procedure
  • Differentiate the current standard and this novel surgical options, indications and contraindications for ESS and an evidence-based justification for this endoscopy application considerations
  • Discuss the treatment stratification (ramification) from conservative management, endoscopy application to conventional open surgeries based on the illustrative cases and debate with opposing viewpoints on treatment options


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University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre
600 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X5

Hotel & Travel

InterContinental Toronto Centre (200m walking distance)
225 Front St W,
Toronto, ON M5V 2X3

Our Policy

Disclaimer - NASS courses are created to enhance physician understanding of the complexity of performing these procedures only. The course is not designed to certify that attendees are proficient in the procedures taught in the course. NASS strongly advises participants to continue to have proctoring, mentoring and additional experience prior to treating patients.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The North American Spine Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of TBD AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US, that participate in this CME activity, are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ .

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We want to make sure that your registration process is a pleasant one, so if you have any trouble or a question, please email or call us at (630) 230-3600.