The Role of Endoscopic Surgery for Painful Conditions of the Spine

Co-sponsored by The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Continuing Medical
Education & Professional Development and IITS

Spine pain is one of the most disabling conditions, and is extremely common in the office of primary care clinicians. Some spine conditions are emergencies, and some are not.

This conference will clearly describe both serious and non-threatening spine conditions and offer extensive hands-on training in the physical examination skills that can help distinguish them.

The goal is to foster confidence in the interpretation of the clinical presentation to allow appropriate and effective triage of surgical and non-surgical spine patients.

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2018 Endoscopic Spine Health Conference

When: June 1 & 2, 2018
Where: Albuquerque, NM
Venue: Albuquerque Marriott Hotel


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By popular demand, a one-day cadaver workshop on February 7, 2016 is finalized for those wanting more training in the YESS inside-out endoscopic technique.

This workshop will immediately follow the Cedars Sinai 15th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders where Dr. Anthony Yeung will be moderating a session on endoscopic surgery. Please consider attending at least the Saturday session of the Cedars Symposium.

The mini-cadaver workshop will be offered especially for members of IITTSS, those who have contacted Dr. Anthony Yeung, or those who have had previous exposure to transforaminal endoscopic decompression for intradiscal decompression for discogenic pain and HNP.

A new 70 degree scope to observe annular tears, as well as techniques of foraminoplasty with newly available foraminoplasty instruments made only by Richard Wolf USA, will be demonstrated to previous cadaver workshop attendees.

There are already 10 attendees confirmed requesting advanced training. Participation in the hands-on cadaver workshop will be limited to 20 participants.

The mini-cadaver workshop through IITTSS is to update members on new techniques and instrumentation for discogenic pain from toxic annular tears, lateral recess stenosis, nucleus augmentation and interspinous stabilization, and DRG neuromodulation. Sponsors are Richard Wolf USA, Elliquence, and Stimwave.

When: February 7, 2016
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Hampton Inn

Cost: Attendance cost of $500 for IITTSS lifetime members; $750 for other interested members in the IITTSS database

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The 15th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders will focus on current treatment methodology, new and emerging technologies and controversies in spine care management.

The faculty will be comprised of internationally recognized experts who will present lectures focused on innovations in spine surgeries, spine sciences including biologics and stem cells, minimally invasive surgeries, motion preservation, complications and controversies, and deformities.

Participants will have several opportunities to hold personal interactions with many of our country’s leading spine professionals. All attendees are encouraged to join faculty for discussions and debates regarding all topics.

Target Audience
This educational activity is intended for orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management physicians, fellows, residents, physicians assistants, nurses and other spine professionals interested in the treatment of spinal disorders.

15th Annual Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders

When: February 4-6, 2016
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: Caesars Palace


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Minimally invasive decompression with interlaminar stabilization provides an alternative to spinal fusion for patients with significant preoperative back pain and moderate to severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Come see how adding interlaminar stabilization can augment degenerative facet joints and instability without the commitment of spinal fusion.

About the Course

Co-Chairs: Anthony Yeung, MD (IITTSS) and James J. Yue, MD (ISASS)

The trend and direction of surgical spine care is moving to MIS and ASC’s as the most cost effective avenues of delivery. This workshop by ISASS will update attendees on new instrumentation, new and proven state of the art surgical techniques by the original pioneer spinal surgeons from a renowned international faculty with experience and success in MIS.

More Information: ISASS/IITTSS September Course Agenda
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2015 ISASS Boston Conference

When: September 18-20th, 2015
Where: Boston, MA
Venue: Hyatt Regency

Asian Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques (ACMISST) announced its 4th chapter of its very exclusive and comprehensive global forum on spine health that will be held this year in Goa, India from September 24th – 27th, 2015 at Hotel Cidade de Goa.

ACMISST is a platform for spine surgeons to know the various developments in spine surgery and advancement in spine health technologies. The conference is jointly hosted by Asian Academy of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (Asia MISS) Korea, and International Intradiscal and Transforaminal Surgery Association (IITTS), USA.

It is a one-of-a-kind platform where surgeons, physicians, scientists and other spine specialists from the spine care field get a great opportunity to discuss and acquire knowledge about latest techniques in the field of spine surgery from leading international experts.

The meeting also provides a platform to present the evidence, debate, and to discuss controversial topics about surgical and other procedures as well as the treatment of spine patients. It also has various sessions for conservative treatment and pain management.

2015 ACMISST Conference at Cidade De Goa, India

When: September 24-27th, 2015
Where: Goa, India
Venue: Hotel Cidade de Goa

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