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4th Annual MIS Outpatient Spine Symposium

July 21, 2018

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

The trend in spine surgery for many procedures has been moving toward minimally invasive approaches. These include spine surgery for lumbar fusion, deformity surgery, and cervical surgery. Despite numerous benefits of minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery, there is a difficult learning curve for surgeons when mastering MIS procedures. Increasing familiarity with MIS techniques creates more options for surgeons treating spine conditions with the potential to decrease surgical complications. The goal of this conference is to update spine surgeons, as well as allied health professionals on the latest advances in MIS surgical techniques.

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Needs Statement

Over the last 18 years there has been an explosion in the use of minimally invasive techniques in spine surgery. Minimally invasive spine surgery allows for less trauma and damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, as well as the bones of the spine. It allows for less damage to any other surrounding tissues. In addition, patients experience less bleeding, shorter hospital stay and a lower rate of postoperative infections compared to traditional spinal surgery. 

Numerous spine conditions can be treated using minimally invasive spine surgery. These include, but are not limited to: degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal fractures, spinal tumors and sciatica. 

While most spine surgeons believe that MISS leads to faster return to daily activities, better long-term function, and decreased length of hospitalization, they have been slow to adopt the techniques. The technical difficulty of the procedures and the lack of training opportunities are obstacles hindering the widespread adoption of MISS. Although the learning curve is steep, with hands-on training using cadaveric specimens, minimally invasive techniques can be mastered and will therefore provide improved outcomes for patients. 


At the conclusion of this program, the attendee will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Evaluate the optimal MIS strategies to implement for patients undergoing outpatient ambulatory spine surgery
  • Assess the most cutting-edge MIS technologies and techniques on the market
  • Adopt the current “gold standards” in the indications, diagnosis and treatment of patients considering MIS spine surgery

Intended Audience

This course is intended for neurosurgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, neuroradiologists, and allied health professionals who participate in the care of spine surgery patients in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Idaho, and Hawaii

CME Information

Accreditation with Commendation
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Swedish Medical Center and the Seattle Science Foundation. Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This symposium is supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME Standards. At the time of this printing, a complete listing of financial supporters was not available. Appropriate acknowledgement will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 500 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600 in Seattle, Washington. Parking is available in the garage on 16th Avenue between Cherry and Jefferson at a maximum fee of $16.50.  From I-5 (northbound and southbound), take the James Street exit.  Travel east on James Street.  James will become Cherry Street.  Turn right (south) on 16th Avenue.  Turn right into the main garage entrance.

For Further Information

Phone:      (206) 732-6500
Fax:           (206) 732-6599

Earlier Event: July 18
Spine Conference