The Global Spine Congress 2022 will feature a range of pre-courses that will explore some of the hottest topics and techniques for today’s spine care specialists. Please note that for all onsite pre-courses attended at the venue, you need to be registered for the GSC. For online participation of pre-courses, you do not need to be registered for the GSC

Updates in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)

Brought to you by the AO Spine MISS Task force


Wednesday, June 1, 12:00–17:00


Fee $190
Online $95


This course is structured as 3 modules to provide updates on many aspects of  MISS in different spinal pathologies, covering tubular, microscopic, endoscopic, and instrumented procedures.

Goal of the course

The main goal of this course is to present the current, state-of-the-art procedures and knowledge in the field of MISS in different conditions of the spine and to share the new direction, trends, and technological advances.

Target participants

This course is targeted at participants at all levels of spine surgery who would like to advance their knowledge in MISS, especially those with some existing experience in the topic.

Learning Objectives
  • Select the appropriate MISS procedure for the pathology and indication, and recognize when MISS is not the appropriate option
  • Recognize appropriate indications based on your skill set and case experience and outcomes
  • Describe microscopic, endoscopic and instrumented MISS procedures
  • Manage complications and apply a backup plan
  • Discuss the use of MISS in various spinal pathologies


12:00–12:15 Welcome and introduction R Härtl
  Module 1: Fundamentals in MISS  
12:15–12:30 MISS today – Overview and MISS curriculum; the 6 Ts  
12:30–12:45 Decision making and target philosophy in MISS R Härtl
12:45–13:00 Tubular decompression: Updates, tips, and tricks  
13:00–13:15 Endoscopy: Updates, tips, and tricks C Hofstetter
13:15–13:30 Break  
  Module 2: Advanced MISS  
13:30–13:45 MIS TLIF: Overview over techniques; Transfacet vs lateral to facet  
13:45–14:00 Awake fusion: where are we?  
14:00–14:15 Lateral surgery and prone lateral: where are we? J Uribe
14:15–14:30 Total navigation: Freehand, robotic, AR, and VR R Härtl
14:30–15:00 Break  
  Module 3: Debates Moderators: C Hofstetter, R Hartl  
  Cervical disc: Case presentations  
15:00–15:10 MISS posterior decompression only  
 15:10–15:20 ACDF  
15:20–15:30 CDA  
15:30–15:40 Discussion  
  Adjacent segment disease lumbar: Case presentations  
15:45–15:55 Open decompression and fusion  
15:55–16:05  MIS posterior  
16:05–16:15 Lateral  
16:15–16:25  Discussion  
  Moderate deformity: Case presentations  
16:30–16:40 Open  
16:40–16:50 MISS  
16:50–17:00  Discussion  




Spine Injuries in Sports  


Wednesday, June 1, 13:00–17:00

Registration Fee $190
Online Fee $95


Moderators: Michel Kanas, Jens Chapman



Module 1 – Overview Of Spine Injuries In Competitive Sports



How Relevant Are Spine Injuries In Sports?

Michel Kanas

13:10-13:30 A History Of Spine Injuries In Sports And What Changes When Treating An Athlete  
13:30-13:50 Epidemiology Of Spine Injuries Related To Different Sporting Activities Wellington Hsu
13:50-14:00 Translational Aspects Of Sports And Spine Injuries Jens Chapman
  Module 2 – Management Of Common Spine Lesions In Competitive Athletes  
14:00-14:15 Low Back Pain In High Performance Athletes. Towards A More Pragmatic Structured Approach Alexander Vaccaro
14:15-14:30 Lumbar Disc Herniation: Is There A Better Way To Return To Competition In High Level Athletes?  
14:30-14:45 Different Approaches To Treat Cervical Disc Herniation In Competitive Athletes  
14:45-15:00 Break  
  Module 3 – Spine Injuries In Routine Sports Practice  
15:00-15:15 Spondylolysis And Spondylolisthesis In Athletes: What’S New In The Treatment Of These Conditions? Jeffrey C. Wang
15:15-15:30 Apophyseal Ring Fractures In Young Athlete – An Overlooked Entity Michel Kanas
15:30-15:45 Thoracolumbar Fractures During Impact Sports Jens Chapman
15:45-16:00 Transient Quadriparesis In Athletes Nelson Astur
  Module 4 – Treatment Modalities And Return To Play  
16:00-16:15 Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Surgical Approach In Athletes  
16:15-16:30 Spine Injections And Regenerative Treatment  
16:30-16:45 Return To Play After Spine Surgery Wellington Hsu
16:45-17:00 Final Considerations And Future Perspectives  
    Jens Chapman, Michel Kanas



Current Concepts in Spinal Oncology Using Virtual Anatomy and Pathology Labs  


Wednesday, June 1, 13:00–17:00

Registration Fee $250


This course aims to provide its audience with an interactive, case-based, virtual reality experience in reviewing current best-practices for a variety of spinal oncology scenarios. Taught by members of the AO Knowledge Forum – Tumor, the faculty will first review the current best practice guidelines for primary and metastatic tumors of the spine, before breaking up into small groups and engaging in one of four virtual reality operating rooms, each lead by a recognized expert in the field.

Confirmed speakers

Dr. Laurence Rhines
Dr. IlYa Laufer
Dr. J.J. Verlaan
Dr. Ziya Gokalsan
Dr. Jeremie Larouche

Learning objectives

  • To review current concepts in spinal oncology which have been updated over the last 5 years
  • To gain a better understanding of 3D anatomy of tumors by using virtual reality as a visualization tool
  • To discuss current controversies in surgical management through an interactive cased based format

Target Audience

This course is targeted at participants at all levels of spine surgery who would like to advance their knowledge in spinal oncology.

13:00–13:45 What’s new in 2022? Review of recent evidence in spine oncology Dr Larouche
13:50–14:00 Introduction to the VAP Lab   
14:00–14:30 Break out session # 1  
14:30–15:00 Break out session # 2  
15:00–15:15 Break  
15:15–15:45 Break out session # 3  
15:45–16:15 Break out session # 4  
16:15–16:30 Course wrap up and evaluation  

Cases which will be reviewed include:

1) Minimally Invasive Approach To Metastatic Disease Dr J.J. Verlaan
2) Managing A Sacral Chordoma  Dr. Z. Gokalsan
3) Separation Surgery For Anterior Thoracic Disease Dr. I. Laufer
4) En Bloc Resection In The Mobile Spine Dr. L Rhines