Experts Gather at Johnson & Johnson Institute EMEA Spine Symposium
The human spine is an incredibly complex structure. And, when age, disease or injury change the normal function of the spine, even simple daily tasks can be painful.
The good news is that today better techniques and technology are enabling spine surgeons to deliver improved patient outcomes in even the most challenging of cases. The opportunity to advance care for these patients in more efficient and effective ways was the focus of the Johnson & Johnson Institute Spine Symposium in Hamburg. The meeting brought together more than 190 thought leaders from across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to share knowledge and perspectives about treating complex spinal pathologies.
Led by an international faculty of experts, the event included plenary topics relevant to all attendees. A key session explored the role of image-guided navigation and robotics to increase accuracy and precision in spine surgery.
Attendees were also given the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions focused on the following sub-specialty procedural areas:
- Complex Cervical Procedures
- Minimally-invasive Surgery (MIS)
- Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS)
- Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS)
- Adult Degenerative Deformity
“The breakout session was interactive and the second philosophical part was outstanding and so different,” said Kariman Abelin Genevois, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Hospital of Massues, Lyon, France.
Spine disorders impact patients of all ages and are a leading cause of debilitating pain and disability. As the world population continues to age, the incidence of spine disorders is expected to increase, placing a further burden on stressed healthcare systems.
“Technology advancements offer the potential to improve patient outcomes and surgical efficiency in new ways,” said Paul Abbott, Professional Education Manager, Spine. “Through collaboration with leading experts, the Johnson & Johnson Institute is providing a forum to adopt new techniques that can shorten procedure time, reduce hospital stay and help more patients regain quality of life after spine surgery.”