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October 26, 2021

NASSi Pre-Courses on Surgical Simulation and MIS at GSC 2021 - November 3 in Paris, France


The Global Spine Congress 2021 will feature two NASSi pre-courses on November 3 in Paris, France that will explore some of the hottest topics and techniques for today’s spine care specialists.

NASSi Pre-course: Surgical Simulation

November 3, 08:30-11:00
Description: The WHO is forecasting a global shortage of up to 40 million healthcare workers by 2030 with a deficit of 100,000 to 150,000 spine surgeons. The challenge will be (1) how to recruit and train so many spine surgeons, and (2) how to expedite surgeons reaching proficiency in the face of increasing complexity and ever-expanding technologies? Participants in this “exploratory” course will have the chance to hear first-hand about the future vision for training surgeons and how surgeons can position themselves to exploit the future. Following a short series of didactic lectures, you will actually get hands-on experience of two ground breaking Virtual Reality simulation technologies – immersive-VR (Precision OS, Vancouver Canada), nonimmersive VR (Medability, Munich, Germany).

NASSi Pre-course: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

November 3, 13:00-16:30
Description: The course will highlight and discuss the development and trends of minimally invasive spine surgery (MIS) over recent years. While there is increased adoption of MIS worldwide for the treatment of spinal disorders over the last two decades, it remains relatively underutilized. In addition, there are perceptions that MIS is superior to open traditional techniques among many surgeons. Still, limitations such as cost, learning curve, and lack of level 1 data have precluded wide adoptions by spine surgeons around the world. In this course, renowned international experts will discuss contemporary issues related to MIS, such as indications, limitations, technical considerations, and clinical outcomes. In addition, they will discuss ongoing developments to advance the capability and outcomes of MIS.