Applying minimally invasive surgery to complex spine in Indonesia


Enthusiasm for minimally invasive surgery has exploded in recent years, promising comparative results to open surgery with less blood loss and tissue damage for patients. Rapid technological innovation has created a plethora of new techniques and devices to feed the demand for minimal invasiveness. A meeting from the North American Spine Society, the Indonesian Spine Society and the International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spinal Surgery will offer physicians the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the best of these innovations.

The second annual “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Complex Procedures” workshop will take place in Indonesia this autumn (13-14 September). In advance of the main meeting (15-16 September), this course will consist of technical lectures and hands-on workshops, offering attendees both the theory behind new techniques, and practical training with the devices involved. Companies will exhibit their latest offerings for physicians to get to grips with over the intensive two-day course.

Beginning with a lecture session, the concepts behind techniques and devices will be explained by expert faculty members. Last year’s meeting focused on techniques such as vesselplasty for the treatment of vertebral compression factors, endoscopic approaches to lumbar stenosis and disc herniation, and minimally invasive approaches to indications from spondylolysis to spinal tumours, as well as a number of other exciting new treatment options. This year promises to offer the latest innovations in these areas and more.

The course will focus on minimally invasive spinal surgery

Lessons from the lectures will be explored in practice over nine hours of technique workshops across two sessions, allowing attendees to interact with as many innovations as possible. Guided by expert faculty, delegates will be able to interact with minimally invasive solutions—learning how to utilise each device for optimal surgical output. The experienced faculty will be able to teach attendants the benefits of each solution, and answer practical questions about their use. Last year’s course provided workshops on technologies including the IntraSPINE interlaminar motion preservation device (Cousin Biotech), the Kyvex system for vesselplasty, the Zina and Lora systems for thoracolumbar spinal deformity and the Carmen system for anterior cervical fusion.

Opportunities are still available for companies to showcase their products at this year’s Surabaya workshop. Because of the small number of sponsorship opportunities available, this educational course will offer companies the opportunity to actively engage with hundreds of attendees through product demonstrations and lectures with key opinion leaders.

Situated in northeast Java—home to the spectacular Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park—Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia, offering visitors a wealth of high-quality restaurants, beautiful temples, and a number of unique museums.