By: 31 March 2016

24–26 May 2016, Surgical approaches to the spine, Edinburgh

Target Audience

ST4 – ST8 Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic trainees, Spinal Fellow, Junior Consultants (years 1-3)

Learning Style

Introduction of anatomy and approaches by lectures, followed by Cadaver dissection and demonstration in the Skills lab

Aims & Objectives

To support the Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spinal trainee during their training to understand the anatomy of spine and surgical approaches, and develop their skills regarding instrumentation of spine

Learning Outcomes

Following the course the participant should be able to: • Describe safe approaches to all levels of the spine; • Demonstrate placement of screws and interbody cages in cervical thoracic and lumbar regions; •Describe steps to avoid potential pitfalls, particularly vascular and neurological injury while approaching spine

Additional Information

Spinal surgery, which a subspecialty of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic surgery requires a good knowledge of anatomy and relationship of various structure related to the spine. Safety is of utmost priority in spinal surgery and the maintain safety through the operative procedure, an in depth knowledge of the anatomy is essential. A cadaver course to study the anatomy of approaches and additionally spinal instrumentation should be an integral part of the training. Currently there are no courses in the UK that cater to this need. The ‘Approaches to the cranial components’ course run by this college, which is where this course draws inspiration from, is highly popular and well regarded; the need to have one for spine has been a regular feedback from the delegates.


24–26 May 2016

Surgical approaches to the spine

Location: Edinburgh

T: 0131 527 1600