11-13 October, Dublin, Ireland

Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017

Monday activities continued, Pre-Day Courses, Patient Day, ExCom Dinner, ...

Even though all activities of the Monday continued behind the scenes, Tuesday was already quite a public day:
Pre-Day Course I: Current concepts in the management of the elderly spine
Spine diseases affecting elderly people are one of the most challenging problems that spine surgeons are confronted with in daily practice. Adult scoliosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis and spinal stenosis are common diseases of older adults imposing a major public health problem in the industrial world. The important social and economic impact of these spinal diseases underscores the urgent need for scientific evidence on the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness of different surgical treatment modalities. It is for that reason we organised a continuous education event to examine the different diagnostic procedures and surgical techniques with its scientific background. Dr Alvarez Galovich moderated a very active disscussions between more than 100 participants and the spinal experts from all Europe, presenting cases and answering questions that arise in the management of this special group of patients.
Pre-Day Course II: Spine Tango Users Meeting (STUM) started the day early and welcomed 25 participants for an informative and interactive day of discussion beginning with an introduction to how users have leveraged information technology to support data collection for Spine Tango. The course continued with a discussion of the philosophy that stands behind the registry, providing the perspective of national societies. There was a lively session devoted to the new regulatory requirements for medical devices and the future role and importance of high-quality registry data for medtech companies. Keith Tucker was invited as keynote speaker and gave an overview of the development and importance of the National Joint Registry (NJR) and providing insight for potential future development of Spine Tango. The afternoon sessions addressed more applied aspects with sessions devoted to specific country experience and practical use of registry data. There was also an introduction to the new 2017 surgery form content, a discussion on research with Spine Tango data where users were strongly encouraged to submit research proposals to the Spine Tango committee, and a summary of the results of the recent registry user survey. The meeting concluded with a discussion of documentation of conservative treatment and ways the registry could improve upon and leverage the use of conservative treatment data in Spine Tango.
Patient Day: Your Spine Can Be a Pain! How and Why?
Frank Dowling, EUROSPINE 2017 Local Host, was asked to organise a patient information day which was held as a preamble to the scientific meeting. As the founding president of the Irish Spine Society he was able to call on spinal experts in Ireland who freely gave of their time. All aspects of the spine were covered from the cervical to the lumbar levels. This included anatomy, sources of pain and causes of spinal deformity. The speakers included renowned experts in the area of neurosurgery, orthopaedics, spine surgery and physiotherapy rehabilitation. 105 participants, out of them approximately 15 children including newborns, attended the free public information day of EUROSPINE at the CCD. The expert faculty indicated moderate treatment for spinal disorders including conservative therapy and state-of-the-art surgical intervention in a patient-friendly language. The faculty gave expert advice and also answered the countless questions of a very engaged audience.
ExCom Dinner at Cliff Town House
Like every year, Tuesday evening was spent in a familial setting together with the EUROSPINE ExCom and Officers, Past Presidents, and Friends. The atmosphere was set for the upcoming days and everyone was eager to start the congress on the next day!
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