The NSpine Advanced Anterior Scoliosis Techniques Course

July 17th 2021

Recent years have seen significant advances in anterior scoliosis surgery especially in the domain of dynamic correction. Whilst these techniques are very promising, they are surgically demanding requiring both mastery of open anterior and minimally invasive approaches to both the thoracic and lumbar spine.

In recognition of the training need, NSpine is therefore providing advanced training which is combined cadaveric and live tissue in nature.

Delegates first learn the standard approaches and then hone these under live tissue conditions both with open techniques and minimally invasive and endoscopically assisted techniques.

This course is particularly relevant for experienced deformity surgeons who wish to expand their practice with anterior motion preserving technology. The event furthermore offers complications management during the live tissue component of the event.

The faculty consists of highly experienced spinal surgeons routinely having practiced these techniques for several years.

Join us for this exceptional educational event held at the IRCAD centre in Strasbourg, France which provides state of the art facilities for cadaveric and live tissue training.

Advanced Scoliosis Techniques Course

Course Format

Full day hands-on surgical training course consisting of cadaveric training in the morning and live tissue training in the afternoon. Faculty : delegate ratio is 1:2.

Learning Objectives

  • To perform standard anterior open, mini-open and endoscopic approaches to the thoracic spine
  • To perform standard open and mini-open lateral approaches to the lumbar spine
  • To expand the approaches to a full thoracophrenolumbotomy
  • To effectively and correctly instrument the thoracic and lumbar spine from above mentioned approaches
  • To apply corrective manoeuvres and techniques for anterior scoliosis correction
  • To effectively manage complications arising from anterior thoracic and lumbar approaches in live tissue surgery including pulmonary and vascular surgeries

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform the technical steps of the open anterior approach to the thoracic and lumbar spine
  • Perform mini-open and thoracoscopic access to the thoracic spine
  • Expand a thoracic or lumbar approach to include splitting of the diaphragm
  • Identify the structures at risk during anterior spinal surgery and have salvage strategies in place in case of complications
  • Correctly perform anterior instrumentation of the thoracic and lumbar spine for the purpose of deformity correction

Coronavirus Statement

NSpine intends to provide a pre-conference Covid-19 screening service which is included in the registration fee.

In the event of cancellation due to Covid-19, delegate fees will be fully refunded.


We are currently accepting one-day registrations for 17th July 2021.
Once full, we will open registrations for day two.

Registration fee: €2,500 + VAT

Save €1,000 when registering for both Advanced Lumbar 360° Reconstructive Course and Advanced Anterior Scoliosis Techniques Course – which takes place on 17th – 18th July 2021.


This event is now SOLD OUT

If you wish to join the waiting list, please email


Course Faculty

NSpine is partnering with an exceptional panel of international experts to deliver uncompromising training experience. All faculty members are highly experienced in anterior scoliosis correction and vertebral body tethering techniques. Both mini-open and thoracoscopic techniques will be taught.

The faculty : delegate ratio is 1 : 2.

    • Randal Betz – USA

    • Osvaldo Mazza – Italy

    • Per Trobisch – Germany

    • Stephanie Da Paz – Germany
    • Shuaib Akifi – Switzerland

Training Structure

AM Session

Cadaveric training is conducted in the morning, allowing delegates to become familiar with the required anterior approaches to the spine. The cadaveric training will commence with mini-open approaches to the thoracic and lumbar spine, extending to full thoracophrenolumbotomy. Correct handling of relevant implants and systems of sponsors is included during this period.

PM Session

The afternoon is dedicated to live tissue surgery which will allow delegates to perform mini-open and thoracoscopic procedures. NSpine has attracted an international panel of recognised experts to train delegates in mini-open and thoracoscopic anterior scoliosis correction techniques including vertebral body tethering. Thoracic and vascular surgeons are on-site to teach complications management techniques.


The theory content related to the techniques is covered at the Porto Main meeting during the previous days July 13-16. Delegates not attending Porto will be able to join these lectures by video conference.

The course content is identical on both days with separate groups of delegates.

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Venue & Travel

IRCAD Hôpitaux Universitaires

1, place de l’Hôpital – 67091 Strasbourg Cedex, FRANCE

T:  33 (0)3 88 11 90 00

Location Map


Travel by Air

From Strasbourg Airport, France – 20min drive
From Frankfurt Airport, Germany – 2hour 10mins drive
From Stuttgart, Germany – 2hour drive


Strasbourg Train Station

10min drive
20min walk
20min public transport (Gare Centrale – Porte de l’Hôpital)



Parking is available at the Les Haras Hotel which is located a 5min walk from the IRCAD.


For all your travel bookings please contact our NSpine Travel Agency who will ensure you receive the best deal.



Les Haras Strasbourg

Rates from €148 per night. Please book via email reservation department or
call 0033.

Quote NSPINE20 for discounted room rate.

Distance to venue: 5 min walk

Delegate Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all payments/registrations made for NSpine events. By using the online payment facility on this website you implicitly accept these general terms and conditions.

In registering for any NSpine event you agree to not hold NSpine or the venue of the event responsible for personal injury or any adverse health effect including COVID infection. You are requested to obtain your own travel, health and personal injury insurance.

Cancellation policy & refunds
Cancellations are accepted up to 42 days prior to the event with full refund less €25 administration cost.

No refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date. Tickets are transferable at the discretion of NSpine – please contact

NSpine has agreed COVID cancellation policies with the venues and where possible will pass refunds on to delegates in case the event cannot go ahead due to COVID policies or restrictions.

Apart from the above, participants shall not be entitled to any refund or compensation should political or economic circumstances or a case of “force majeure” outside of the control of NSpine prevent the event from being held, limit its size or modify its nature.

NSpine reserves the right of admission.

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German law is applicable and the site of legal disputes is Munich/Germany.

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