2016 AOSpine Advanced Symposium


Challenges in Spinal Surgery:

Non Standard Spinal Pathologies, Infection and Osteoporosis.

What to do and how to make decisions in such situations?


Welcome to AOSpine Symposium in Saint-Petersburg!


 Dear colleagues,

 On behalf of AOSpine Europe, we would like to welcome you to AO Spine advanced Symposium taking place in Russia, St. Petersburg. We shall focus on infections, osteoporosis and non-standard spinal pathologies.

The avalanche growth of new technologies significantly improved the diagnosis process; still the indications for treatment incl. surgery are often controversial. Is it really rare pathology or it is simply an unexpected situation, which you previously never met in practice? What is the prevalence in such situations: intuition or previous knowledge? Should you take the decision independently or it’s better to consult the patient in other clinic? What to do if you have no time for consultation? What kind of diagnostics is the most informative for decision making?   

  The participants will have the opportunity to learn solutions for difficult cases, ask questions and present their own cases for discussion.

 Welcome to St. Petersburg during the magic time of White Nights – not only for brainstorming, but for warmhearted communication in one of the world’s most beautiful cities.






Dmitry Dzukaev                                         Giuseppe Barbagallo  

dzuk@mail.ru                                           giuseppebarbagal@hotmail.com

Symposium   Chairperson                      Educational Advisor



St.- Petersburg, Russia

23 – 24 of June,  2016


Preliminary Program







 National Faculty

 Claudius Thome, Innsbruck, Austria

 Yohan Robinson, Uppsala, Sweden


 Regional Faculty

Alexandr Gubin, Kurgan, Russia

Alexandr Mushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia

Dmitry Ptashnikov, St. Petersburg, Russia


The main objective of the course: to evaluate the strategy and tactics for decision making in non-standard situations – difficult diagnosis, repeated surgery, complicated patients, rare spinal pathology or unexpected urgent situations.


This event is targeted at surgeons and specialists in spinal care with professional experience of 3 years or more who intend to improve their knowledge in treating patients with spinal pathologies.


The course focuses on decision-making process for diagnostic and treatment situations which significantly differ from spinal specialist’s routine work. How to standardize decision making process for situations that can be described as “non-standard”, but in practice could be standardized with  the help of evidence-based data, syndrome analysis or some other way.

Basic forms of the course – lectures, group discussions of clinical cases, active involvement of participants into presentations and panel discussion between faculties and participants.

The discussion will touch upon different spinal pathologies (infections, osteoporosis, tumors, deformities, trauma etc.), spinal levels (cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine) and surgical techniques.


1.            Choose the best option for each patient with rare pathology according to the evidence based  data

2.            Avoid the unnecessary surgery, keeping in mind possible complications during and after treatment.

3.            Correctly indicate a patient-oriented and socially-oriented methods of treatment and prevention of complications in patients with spine disorders


Day 1 Osteoporotic patients

-       Risk assessment, approaches, treatment techniques

-       Cases discussion

 Spinal infection patients

-       Risk assessment, approaches, treatment techniques

-       Cases discussion

 Day 2

 Non-Standard pathologies in spinal surgery. Tumors

-       Risk assessment, approaches, treatment techniques

-       Cases discussion

 Non-Standard pathologies in spinal surgery. Deformity. Rare cases

-       Risk assessment, approaches, treatment techniques

-       Cases discussion