Johnson & Johnson Institute Lumbar Spine Summit Focuses on New Technologies and Techniques
Not very long ago, traditional spine surgery -- involving a long incision down the back and a lengthy recovery period -- was the only option for patients. Minimally invasive techniques have changed that by allowing surgeons to access the spine through small incisions and with less interruption to surrounding muscle and tissue. For patients, this can mean a less painful recovery and faster return to normal activities. 1, 2
At the Johnson & Johnson Institute Techniques & Technologies for the Lumbar Spine Summit held recently in Miami more than 65 orthopaedic and neurosurgeons experienced in minimally invasive spine surgery came together to share learnings and advance care for patients.
Through case discussions, debates, and hands-on sessions, the expert faculty led an engaging learning experience focused on improving efficiency and adopting more complex procedures.
“The course was very well run and streamlined. I feel the time in didactic lectures was high quality and appropriate, said Charles Gordon, MD and participant at the Summit. “The highlight was the lab time and the instruction by the faculty.”
The breakthroughs that have made minimally-invasive techniques possible include advancements in imaging technology used to navigate the interior of a patient’s body without large incisions. During the hands-on training sessions, participants were able to use Brainlab () surgical navigation applications to confirm the proper placement of spinal implants in a more efficient manner.
“New technology and techniques are shaping the future of minimally-invasive spine surgery,” said Lindsey Camara, Professional Education Manager for spine platforms. “At the Johnson & Johnson Institute we are focused on delivering education and training that helps surgeons perform these procedures in a reliable, reproduceable way that can help to improve outcomes and reduce costs in the healthcare system.”
1 Percutaneous minimally invasive versus open spine surgery in the treatment of fractures of the thoracolumbar junction: a comparative effectiveness review. Evidence-Based Spine-Care Journal. Volume 3/Issue 3 (2012): 43-49 Accessed February 26, 2019.
2 Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Accessed February 26, 2019.