Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 22-28, 2009.

Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On 2009 is a comprehensive course utilizing the cadaver laboratory and didactic sessions with ample time for discussion. This intensive course emphasizes the fundamentals of spine surgery, particularly biomechanical considerations, and the surgery decision-making process.

Through intensive, hands-on sessions utilizing cadavers, participants study surgical techniques and strategies for a range of procedures including: screw. lateral mass. pedicle and wire fixation. as well as occipitocervical and cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and lid sacral surgical techniques. Complex surgical exposures in all regions of the spine are emphasized.

Led by experienced faculty, the course examines the multiple adjuncts to surgery, including soft tissue and bone retractors and distractors, minimally invasive surgical techniques, spinal implants (from multiple vendors), and dissection tools. Non-operative strategies are also emphasized. Significant time is dedicated to operative indication discussions. The problem-based decision-making process is introduced and emphasized during these very interactive discussions.

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to

• Utilize problem-based decision-making to develop logical algorithms for solving complex problems.
• Employ physiological and surgical principles to spinal fusion and instrumentation.
• Apply anatomic and physiologic principles to the variety of surgical approaches available to access all regions of the spine.
• Recognize the fundamental skills required to perform the most appropriate operation for any given clinical pathology, and to recognize one's own limitations in these regards.
• Evaluate available instrumentation systems and appreciate the advantages of each, as well as the relative indications for their use.

Target Audience

Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Spine Nurses, and Physician Assistants.

Course Directors

Edward C. Benzel, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Marc E. Eichler, MD
Newton Centre, MA

Lars Gilbertson, PhD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Doug Orr, MD
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Gregory R. Trost, MD
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

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