Course Description and Objectives
The GSpine sessions were first launched at the 2015 NSpine meeting and proved overwhelmingly popular.
For 2017 the program has been expanded to include daily sessions along with dedicated keynotes. As before, the lecturers predominantly are engineers and developers rather than clinicians to provide the true background to the developments and innovations being described. In many instances, several competing developments are presented and discussed. We expect a strong multidisciplinary audience for these highly technical presentations. All lectures are by invitation only and independent of sponsorship status. There is no cost to presenters save own expenses providing a level playing field for start-ups and established producers.
Each day focusses on a different topic and delegates are free to switch between main event sessions and GSpine sessions.
The focus of the morning session is on additive manufacturing and metallurgy with several of the most innovative and experienced producers presenting and debating their technology. One of the main aspects will be how these new technologies will enable spinal fusions to take place through direct osseous on- and ingrowth. The afternoon sessions are dedicated to novel posterior construct developments with composite implant systems and innovative rod structures.
The keynote lectures take a critical look at the current status of innovation in implant development and spinal surgery. The focus of the morning session is on novel arthroplasty designs. The afternoon sessions provide a forum for novel engineering and biomedical innovations ranging from innovative tools through to biomaterials for enhanced spinal fixation and vertebral augmentation.
The morning session provides an update on the ability of spinal surgery registries with presentations from national and international organisations as well as developers in the databanking field.
The afternoon is dedicated to the Biospine sessions focusing on osteoinductive technologies and nucleus regeneration.
Building the ScoliBot. Robotics – specifically the challenges in active robotics – will be the theme of the morning. Leading developers and manufacturers will be presenting their technology and more importantly their visions for the next steps in robotic surgery – the purposeful manipulation of implants and tools. This promises to be a far-reaching session exploring the options for the technology which is bond to shape the way we perform surgery in the future. The theoretical session is supplemented by an afternoon workshop where several of the leading robots will be exhibited and discussed.
The theoretical afternoon session explores the opportunities of Augmented Reality in the surgical theatre and in surgical education. The advances in AR herald another seminal change in theatre equipment and surgical workflow – these sessions provide a view of what is around the corner.
Who should attend
Everyone that is inspired by innovation and enjoys new technology. Engineers, developers, manufacturers and interested clinicians are all encourages to attend to create a multidisciplinary forum for debate.
The NSpine Final Programme is available in the App: https://attendify.com/app/8iphc5/