Dear colleagues and friends,
The NSpine Winter Masterclass is a true interactive complex case discussion format and probably the only event running across an entire week covering virtually all aspects of spinal surgery.
The event is primarily aimed at established spinal surgeons. The format is open discussion focussing on treatment options and technical surgical details. All areas of spinal surgery are within the scope of the meeting whereby the more specific program will be structured around delegates preferences and interests. Delegates are encouraged to bring cases for discussion to supplement those brought by the faculty. A typical case will run for around 20 minutes whereby some have been debated for over an hour. Discussions are friendly and open with learning points equally being made from cases that went well and those that did not.
We have expanded our faculty to six very experienced surgeons with different subspecialty focus so that all complex surgical aspects can be debated effectively. This will allow us to include paediatric deformity to a greater degree than previously. The morning session will see all delegates together for more common problems and the afternoon will offer split sessions narrowing down on subspecialty details. These will for example include complex tumour resections of the entire spine sacrum to craniocervical junction; intramedullary and nerve sheath tumours; complex adult deformity corrections with multilevel anterior reconstruction or complex osteotomies; trauma of the entire spine from atlas to sacrum; complex paediatric and adolescent deformity. This is a unique opportunity to discuss very specific surgical techniques with the highly-experienced faculty and delegates.
We believe an attractive environment and adequate recreational breaks enhance the learning experience. Last winter we discussed some 80 (!) complex spinal cases. The long lunch break intentionally allowed for participation in winter sports and family time. It is our experience that delegates return to the educational sessions refreshed and motivated. The daily networking dinners compliment the experience and help build the personal relations which are so important for networking within our speciality.
We are of course aware of medtech ethical guidelines and in this respect it is important to note that delegates (and any family members) are entirely self funded. Dinners and refreshments are exclusively provided by NSpine. We are very grateful to the sponsors supporting or vision who will be contributing to the debates as partners in the learning experience.
Looking forward to see you in Arosa!
NSpine Director & Course chairman
Arriving by car
Up-to-date information is provided via www.arosa.ch.
From Chur it is about 40 minutes on road going up. The Schanfiggerstrasse winds its way through the valley and crosses over 30km and around 360 curves while climbing 1320m in elevation.
Caution: Check the current road condition, especially in winter, before setting off. A glance at the general traffic information is also recommended!
Arriving by train
The Arosa railway slowly winds its way down through Chur, past the Stadtmauer, Malteserturm and Obertor, the landmark of the Bündner capital. But the city stroll on rails does not last long. At the city boundary, the Arosa railway changes into the mountain railway and winds its way through the wild Schanfigger valley up to the well-known resort Arosa. On the only 26 km long track the train climbs over a thousand meters.
By the way, the train route Lüen-Castiel-Arosa and retour is included in the Arosa Card during the summer and in the winter it is included in the ski and hiking pass. More information about the public transport offer can be found here.
From the Friedrichshafen airport, the Graubünden Express (shuttle bus) brings you comfortably to Chur. From Zurich, the Intercity runs into the Bündner capital. From there you can easily travel with the Rhaetian Railway through the idyllic landscape all the way to Arosa.
Private aircrafts are recommended to to land in Altenrhein.
Useful country information
For visa regulations and useful country information, please refer to ww.myswitzerland.com/en.