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AOSpine North America Course – Principles and Treatment of Spinal Disorders for Residents (October)
October 12, 2018 - October 13, 2018
This course is designed to offer residents the opportunity to learn the AO principles of anatomic reduction of fracture fragments; stable fixation to ensure proper healing while allowing the surrounding tissue to strengthen; atraumatic surgical technique to preserve the blood supply to the bone fragments and soft tissue; and early, pain-free mobilization so the patient can be returned to function as soon as possible as they apply to spinal surgery. The course will also provide basic exposure to spinal disorders from expert teaching faculty from both orthopedic and neurological spine surgery. The modular course format will focus on the spine patient in a conceptual, case study and practical exercise format. Participants in small groups will rotate through each module over the 2 day period. All participants are encouraged to bring HIPAA compliant cases for discussion to maximize their experience at the course.
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
- Perform a complete neurological assessment and identify potentially unstable spinal injuries
- Order appropriate imaging
- Classify the injury according to fracture morphology, instability, and neurological status
- Describe the best operative and non-operative treatment option for each patient based upon the available evidence
- Reduce/Decompress/Stabilize appropriately
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of the principles of bone and soft tissue healing
- Identify the anatomic and biomechanical issues in spinal fixation
- Collaborate in the rehabilitation plan for the patient
- Apply psychomotor skills developed during practical exercises into surgical practice
- Identify and manage post-injury and postoperative complications