Dr. Wong Visits Jakarta for
International Spine Meeting
NASS (North American Spine Society) once again collaborated with the International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spine Surgery (ISMISS), the Indonesian Spine Society (ISS) and the 1st Congress of the Indonesian Orthopaedic Spine Society (IOSS) for a combined meeting in Jakarta Indonesia August 23-25, 2019.
Conference Chairman, and long-time NASS International member, Dr. Bambang Darwano from Indonesia assembled a diverse, worldwide faculty to present at the meeting and instruct at the hands-on cadaver lab. Faculty members represented countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ukraine, Spain, Greece, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Mexico, Canada and the United States.
NASS Past Presidents JJ Abitbol and David Wong participated in the meeting as well as NASS International Members Dr. Hani Mhaidli from Spain and Dr. Alaaeldin Azmi Ibrahim Ahmed from Palestine.
“The Present and Future of Spine Surgery” was the theme of the meeting. Session topics ran the gamut from ethics, patient safety and conservative treatment of adult deformity to the latest techniques of minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, instrumentation of the spine and deformity correction.
The hands-on cadaver lab gave 30 learners the opportunity to translate some of the theoretical and descriptive techniques from the lecture portion of the meeting into a hands-on experience. Tips for accomplishing precision surgery as well as avoiding and if necessary, dealing with potential complications, was emphasized by the faculty.
Faculty dinners provided an opportunity for networking and the exchange of ideas among those coming together to teach the course and the hands-on cadaver lab.
The association of NASS with the International Society for Minimal Intervention in Spine Surgery (ISMISS), the Indonesian Spine Society (ISS) and the 1st Congress of the Indonesian Orthopaedic Spine Society (IOSS) represents a fulfillment of NASS’s commitment to enhancing global spine care.