Based on the instructional course of orthopaedic spine surgery, the "Ulm Spine Week", which is held annually at the Department of Orthopaedics of the University of Ulm, a panel of experts in the field of spine surgery is presenting a variety of issues related to the treatment of acquired disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine as well as to lumbar non-fusion technology.
Degenerative/rheumatic disorders and deformities.- Posterior instrumentation of the cervical spine using the neon occipito-cervical system.- Treatment principles in rheumatoid instability of the cervical spine.- Surgical techniques in cervical spinal canal stenosis.- Techniques of thoracic and lumbar pedicle screws, lumbosacral fixation, and costotransversectomy.- Fusion procedures for degenerative disorders of the lumbar spine-indications, techniques, and results.- Herniation of the lumbar intervertebral disc — when is surgery required?.- Lumbar spinal canal stenosis — decompression with or without stabilization?.- Spondylolisthesis — diagnosis and therapy.- Current concepts in scoliosis surgery.- Syringomyelia — causes and treatment.- Computer navigation in spine surgery.- Trauma.- Treatment of cervical spine injuries.- Thoracic spine injuries — open versus endoscopic procedures.- Surgical treatment of fractures of the lumbar spine.- The role of vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty in the management of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.- Tumor and infection.- Tumor lesions of the cervical spine — pitfalls and their solution.- Tumorous diseases of the thoracic and lumbar spine.- Epidemiology and prognosis in spinal metastasis.- Spondylitis and spondylodiscitis.- Non-fusion technology.- Biomechanical characteristics of different non-fusion implants.- Interspinous devices — implants, indications and results.- Lumbar total disc replacement — implants, indications, and results.
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