Educational goals

To provide participants with the latest scientific information on indications, techniques and complications related to thoracolumbar minimally invasive spine surgery for degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic disorders. Pros and cons of advanced intraoperative imaging, spinal navigation and endoscopic techniques for lumbar degenerative diseases will be elucidated.

With only two surgeons per station, hands-on cadaver sessions will focus on the intricate anatomy of thoracolumbar spine and on how to perform specific minimally invasive surgical and endoscopic techniques.

Participants will have the opportunity to perform anterior and posterior approaches, to learn tips and tricks as well as techniques for devices implantantion.

The latest technology including microscopes, high-speed drills, neuronavigation and CT-scan facilities will be available.