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5th Annual Advanced Lateral Approaches to the Spine

February 9, 2019

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

Advanced Lateral Approaches to the Spine is targeted towards healthcare providers who treat surgical spinal conditions utilizing the lateral approach.  As the lateral approach becomes a preferred technique for multiple spinal conditions, this course was created with a specialized focus on the application and hands-on implementation of the lateral approach.  This course is designed to focus on the future of spine surgery and pros and cons of lateral surgery with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes.

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Amir Abdul-Jabbar, M.D.
Course Co-Chair
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

Richard A. Hynes, M.D., FACS
President & Spine Surgeon
The B.A.C.K. Center
Melbourne, Florida

Rod J. Oskouian, Jr., M.D.
Chief of Spine
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
Seattle, Washington

 John K. Shuster, M.D.
Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 
Spokane, Washington

William D. Smith, M.D.
Western Regional Center for the Brain & Spine
Las Vegas, Nevada

William Taylor, M.D.
Vice Chairman-Academic Affairs, Neurosurgery
University of California San Diego
San Diego, California

R. Shane Tubbs, Ph.D., PA-C
Chief Scientific Officer
Seattle Science Foundation
Seattle, Washington

Juan Uribe, M.D., FAANS
Course Co-Chair
Professor of Neurosurgery
Chief Division of Spinal Disorders
Volker K. H. Sonntag Chair of Spine Research
Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, Arizona

Needs Statement

Respondents to a National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that back pain was the most common type of pain, be it chronic or acute.  As the U.S. population continues to age in the next 25 years, back pain will increase because they are most prevalent in the older segments of the population. Patients with spinal disorders have historically required extensive operations resulting in significant blood loss, post-operative pain, and a prolonged hospital stay with physical rehabilitation. In recent years there has been a growing trend in minimally invasive (MIS) lateral access spinal techniques for the treatment of spinal disorders. However, the learning curve for minimally invasive lateral access is steep. Many surgeons currently do not have the expertise or technical knowledge to perform MIS. Many of the techniques and technologies used in MIS aren’t commonly used in other disciplines within spine surgery. MIS is an acquired skill. 

It takes hands-on practice to develop the techniques needed for treating patients with spinal disorders. Hands-on training is essential in educating attendees in MIS as it enhances the skills and confidence of novel MIS operators by teaching fundamental approaches of the procedure that will provide patients with dramatically reduced operating times, blood loss, recovery period and pain.   


By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to: 

  • Recognize the risks and complications associated with the lateral approach.

  • Describe methods for avoiding complications in the thoracolumbar spine.

  • Identify how to avoid complications with the lateral approach.

  • Outline patient selection and appropriateness of the lateral approach.

Intended Audience

The Advanced Lateral Approaches to the Spine conference is intended for neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons, both current and in training, who participate in the surgical care of patients with spinal conditions in the United States.

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 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This symposium is financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.  At the time of this printing, a complete listing of commercial supporters was not available.  Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium. 


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 550 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.  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

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