The role of microsurgery and navigation in minimally invasive spinal surgery

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT.

The success of minimally invasive spinal surgery (MIS) is based on advances in microsurgery, the ability to access all parts of the spine, novel instrumentation techniques and 3D navigation. Of these, mastering of microsurgical techniques certainly plays the most important role. The adoption of microsurgical techniques in the spine is not commonly taught outside the operating room. Spinal microsurgery requires familiarity with the operating microscope and various microsurgical tools that will enable decompression, disc preparation, implant placement and complication management through small tubular access ports. In this webinar we will discuss basic and advanced microsurgical techniques in detail and demonstrate how these are combined with navigation and instrumentation technology in order to deliver successful MIS options to our patients.

Learning Points:

  • Identify pathologies that can be treated with MIS surgery
  • Identify the particular advantages of MIS over open surgery
  • Identify some of the limitations of MIS